God A Human Story By Reza Aslan

Book Review

Impressions

A monotheism experiment – “the climax of the fairly recent belief in a single, singular, nonhuman, and indivisible creator God as defined by postexilic Judaism, as renounced by Zoroastrian Dualism and Christian Trinitarianism, and as revived in the Sufi interpretation of tawhid; God is not the creator of everything that exists. God is everything that exists.” ~ God A Human Story

Nothing prepared me for this uplifting treatise on the intelligence of our evolution. We may be nature’s experiment, but humanity has always initiated its own exploration of the neural pathways that explain not only who we are but also how we are to each other.

 

The author Reza Aslan offers an explanation on how religions are constant constructs in evolution and is the creation of our civilizations.  So I ask have we engineered religions as guideposts to our evolution. Or is religion an organic living thing that progresses with civilizations.

This essay is not a read for those who understand or live religious dogma as an unchanging thing written on stone tablets. Rather this author explains concepts of the many religions we’ve embraced in clear and unambiguous terms. And his book is the brilliant product of much work. It comprises mountains of organized, substantive research and a discourse on the evolution and sometimes devolution of humanity’s faiths.

Divine humanization

From Lord of the Beasts to a redefined god stripped of carnal form to become a dehumanized god…”without shape or form – utterly transcendent and apersonal.” From God A Human Story

It is reasonable to surmise that the growth of religions becomes part of a learned pattern of thought that manifest by way of cellular memories. The disparate events in discoveries of cave art depicting similar objects of deity in other times and spaces begs the question, is there cellular memories embedded in our DNA.  And, do these objects contain a formula for organized religions necessary for humanity’s socialization?

Although bioresearch has evolved to a place that aggressively challenges what we don’t know about the cell and the intelligence fueling its organelles, it is safe to say that they may harbor information about the origin of the phenomenon we call organized religion.

For me the most compelling argument made by Mr. Aslan on how we struggle to awareness is in the advent of Marduk.  He was central to one of  the longest lasting religions that arrived during Babylonian times when humanity was grasping for an inclusiveness. In a society led by Cyrus the Great and when Judaism was still new and Yeshua ben Joseph (Jesus) wasn’t born yet, the kernels of a culturally changeable society came to be.

The preponderance of evidence reasons that Cyrus the Great constructed an inclusive nation that respected values of a culturally fluid civilization.   While slowly dehumanizing its center of worship, a god name Marduk.

Our imagination driven by what we understand dictates our need to make gods in images and traits we know best…ourselves.

It requires a brave heart

One must enter into the labor of religious research with an open mind and heart.  Reza Aslan owns both with a healthy dash of skepticism and bravery.

In my opinion, to argue the relevance of the constructs of our belief systems requires extreme courage. The evolution of religion is the tender under belly of all human cultures.  They compose the most personal self-identification of societies and sovereignty. It composes what we understand as the collective reasoning.

I wouldn’t, shouldn’t and couldn’t comment on this read as an essay on opposing religions. Rather it’s a talk on how our ‘systems of faith” evolved to reflect our relative truths.

This author delves very little into the nature of the societies that constructed these religions. In my opinion because Mr. Aslan’s course of study and this book is centered on the far more important stuff of explaining how religions work and its mind numbing effects on human progress.

Survival

Our objects of worship served to explain the unexplainable while aiding our survival as a specie.  Are we in the midst of embracing and expanding the precepts of a dehumanized religion?

This is genius writing on comparative religions and the processes of its creators and inheritors.

Story/Plot/Conflict

An extremely ambitious book becomes an easy read on the roots of religions and thoroughly researched story of comparative ideologies.

The cultural timelines and borders appear almost a blur.  The author clarifies those lines that seem to disappear in the miasma of disparate teachings of scholars separated or compromised by secular belief systems.

The book explains in simple terms how the conflict lies in man’s reasoning for living and the need to look elsewhere for guidance and comfort.

The human story preaches how the varied forms of deification and religious fables have endured and colored how we see experience our religions. This author makes this 12,000 to 14,000 years tale seem like mere steps in discoveries of whom we are and how beliefs have inform our lives.

Main Character

God

My Critique: Even for the most august of theologians can experience epiphanies in this read. This writing has the rare flavor of pure objectivity.

Genre: General audiences and an enlightening read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Book Review Introduction by Barbara Ann Cerda

One of the most important marketing tools for any author is getting word of mouth attention. I have learned that there are many gifted unnoticed wordsmiths.

While immersing myself in book reviews this pass month the thought occurred to offer free reviews to my book marketing pack.

Lots of friendly professional reviews are needful. Book chatter is essential to survival. Goodreads and Amazon ePublishing thrive on word of mouth traffic and chat groups. Proficient book reviews draw attention.

I currently post 350 to 400 word count reviews on:

Goodreads
Amazon,
Kobo and
Barnes and Noble
Coming soon Netgalley
The entire above share Twitter links

I have created Paper.il newsletter, WordPress Blog, Book Review Spreadsheet and Calendar. The newsletter will present updated blog content and will email daily to subscribers. The front page will include daily updated book reviews and social news about publishing and anything wordsmithing.

The spreadsheets will track the following in this way:

• A tab for each of your websites (color coded for easier ID)
• Under your individual tab will be listed your author and book title.
• All links that pertain to the work
• Dates requests submitted and review due date
• The calendar is just a handy way of viewing the month’s activity (also colored coded).

As information gets organized, I will also post links to free book reviewers.

The thing is we can be most useful to our authors by driving traffic to your websites and blogs. Favorable reviews will help in achieving that.

This is NOT a marketing proposal on your websites and blogs for me. So an email or open letter to authors, publishers, and bloggers explaining the free service will suffice.

But I cannot accept rush reviews or ARCs, placing them ahead in the cue, without charging a nominal fee.

I will accept most genres. Because of other commitments, there will be a 2 to 3 month delivery on reviews and no books over 400 pages. I currently review for Netgalley and Alpha Book Club.

The author or publisher is responsible for delivery of copy formatted in Kindle MOBI, MSWord, or PDF. Books submitted for review must have a Goodreads and Amazon account. Submission request can come to my email (bobann88@gmail.com) for now, until I figure out where best to place a submission form.

Keeping this simple is important and I’d be grateful for any input.

Barb

The Many ways to say love for Writers and Publishers’ Holidays

Christmas in Chagrin Falls

Red cardinals paired on snow-laden branches. Winter blows making dancing snow swirls. Red noses are filled with scents of cinnamon and mulled wine, filling cold air with warmed recollections of love. We hear favorite Yuletide carols and long for the romance of fireside light. And beyond windowpanes, winds howl while delivering its thick coat of white.

When the weather outside grows cold writers become like kittens. Our favorite places to create become the warmest safest spaces to be, to read and to write. Add hot coca and warm comfort foods and the spell of holiday enliven our imaginations. North Pole residents return with a hint of presents waiting for discovery. No matter the language, at holiday time authors find nuggets of life to write about. And in any native speak writers as children make wish lists too. Here is a few you may want to whisper into Santa baby’s ear.

MS Surface Studio and its smooth clean lines makes cuddling up in a comfy nook that much easier. But don’t stop in just creating clever and artful prose. This powerful tool is also a place to create masterworks. Beware. Using this marvelous machine can become addictive.

Interaction Technology has become a very important part of our daily lives. We wear it and use it to track our every function. We converse with it. The coming of Siri and Alexa has placed us on a path of obtaining important assistants in our endeavors at composing eloquent content. They have an infinitely expanding skill base with future enhancements that will mimic conversation, what better gift to discover under the Christmas tree.

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From Adobe support, comes introductions of their newest and cleverest software innovates for 2017. What could be finer than a Christmas gift that can bring your work to new levels of enjoyment and proficiency?

Collaborating using Team Projects is a hosted service for CC enterprise. This software offers users collaborative features designed for content professionals. You can share editing features and enhance scalability while scheduling workflows with shared projects. It keeps us agile and supports mobility.

New VR Support satisfies your yearnings to see your prose and characterizations come to life. Meet VR workflow also in Premiere Pro for 2017. The technology of stitched equirectangular video to overlay imaging and enables you to edit content while viewing the results. Yeah…too cool I know. This is a very powerful virtual reality tool.

Expanded Destination Publishing enables publishing of your newest masterpiece directly to your business portfolio…seamlessly. You will want Adobe Media Encoder CC. Target all of your favorite social media with video or digital content like Behance, YouTube, Facebook or Twitter. Destination publishing offers a quick delivery of content to fans, publishers, or employers.

The holidays are also a time for contemplating how to share your creatives.

Independent publishers and authors are becoming game changers. Perhaps the most thoughtful and useful gift an author can received is airfare to join the annual mass migration to New York for the 2017 Book Expo. This is a wonderful opportunity to reveal your craft to the appreciative.

Growing power in independents who are creating and self-publishing is a major force in literary communities. Maintaining the most current in tools will meet the growing demand for sparkling content. No one should be caught off guard by the eruption of success being seen in the small and independent publishers and producers of craft.

There are many ways to say love for the holidays. Whatever amazing pledge of devotion you find in your festive stocking. It is always wonderful to remember the love.

Share your holiday season stories and questions with ChapterSee.

When Writers’ Broken Hearts become Good Marketers.

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A week passed and the booze and seclusion did little to stop the pain that stole my sleep and kept the tears flowing. The sudden loss of my friend, lover, and partner seemed more than I could handle. I thought all was good and right with my world. A great job with a global media marketer, a boyfriend I thought loved and wanted to marry me. Then the door to my dreams suddenly slammed shut leaving me staring into a black abyss. Stark fear and hurt took hold of my senses. There was a desperate need for solace.

Interrupting her busy workday my best friend Aisha responded immediately. I knew she heard all reason abandoned in my shaky voice. Friends since grammar she rearranged her schedule to meet me the next afternoon for lunch. Staring that morning into the bathroom mirror, I tried to calm my nerves enough to apply makeup to hide the dark circles and swollen eyes. The face staring back at me affirmed a struggling recovery from a week of constant booze and too little food. Dulled senses, a stomach churning, and I was throwing up twice a day.

We met on Pearce and Michigan Avenue. My mass of highlighted coils hung over red-rimmed eyes. I knew I looked awful as she suddenly appeared with a hug. I smiled into her beautiful face and hoped it made sense to share my hell with her.

Grabbing my arm, we sprinted across the crowded lunchtime sidewalk to the Chicago Museum of Modern Art. Dodging the usual pedestrian crowded sidewalk, we ran up the hot white stone stairs to the glass covered entrance. Entering the cooled lobby with summer tourists milling everywhere, we settled into the dining room and I whispered almost out of breath, “Rashid has left me.”

Settling into the seat opposite, she leaned forward in silent rage. The reply arrived short and angry, “I knew that little creep would do this. I’m damn glad. Good riddance” She began arranging the linen in her lap before the infamous glare, “Don’t tell me you’ve been on a binge and calling off work”.

Aisha knew me well. She also knew my dark handsome ex-lover. We three attended Chicago Colombia University and it was love at first sight for me. I moved into his apartment just a few weeks after we met. Five years after graduation, his family business took him away from me most of the year. Busy with my own career my illusions persisted about “that wonderful someday” when we would marry and have children. That was not to be.

Over lunch with Aisha, I began relating my sad tale about Rashid’s midnight call. He was not returning to Chicago as planned. A childhood friend had stolen his heart and they had married. I timidly shared with Aisha the worst part of my story. I told him that I was pregnant and he ended the call.

My meeting with Aisha reassured me of her support. But my drinking continued and days later, I looked into the mirror again. The alcohol induced swelling changed my features. The guilt took charge reminding me that I had a little life growing in my belly.

Weeks later, I told Aisha over dinner my decision to keep the baby. Struggling to bring something good and positive into my life I decided to journal about my passage to healing. I wrote about my pain, the loneliness, the hate, anger, and sense of deep betrayal. I took a leave of absence for eight months. Four months later the abyss gave way to sunny days again. My journaling became a novel and by the time my young one arrived so did a best seller.

I named that book after her and dedicated it to Aisha. Each time I look at my little girl’s face that mirrors the dark handsome features of Rashid I smile. Because that brief painful time gifted me with a glorious new life and a new friend and daughter, a new career as a marketer and a bestseller.

When new authors ask me how to survive those awful searing moments of pain that threaten to destroy their muse. I always tell them that when creating prose it empties the soul of its pain and frees you to live the joy that always follows. And sharing is also a good marketer for your work.

We at ChapterSee would love you to share with us those moments of truth when your gift of creativity helped heal a painful time.

It is Back to School

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Cooler days and carnal autumnal colors announce the awaited freedom for author moms to return to the business of composition. New school clothes and the scent of just bought supplies bring to mind comforting images from the art of Charles M. Schulz and Norman Rockwell. Lonely playgrounds come alive with youthful exuberance welcoming resumption of school, friendships, and the sharing of another waning summer’s events.

For many authors who happen to be mothers, the passing summer filled with family fun was also a time to curate memories for new stories. They are precious memoirs for new creatives saved for quiet moments. The inviting empty rooms filled with still afternoons invite the author to compose again. However, many authoresses spend their days working outside the home. They discover their muse within a few stolen precious moments on trains, planes, and buses or in the quiet of evening hours after a long day.

When we think of today’s busy mommy writers, our recollections go immediately to the most famous, JK Rowling and Anne Rice. They are part of different generations of mothers possessing the genius of creating captivating stories. Some profess that their children fueled their writing genius. The interesting dynamic of whether one or numerous progeny contributes to a better writer is up for closer examination. Some hold the view that there must be a limit to one offspring to achieve success as an author, says an article published in The Atlantic.

Of course, the ponderous of successful women writers with greater numbers of progenies refutes that premise immediately.

American Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Jane Smiley has three children and two stepchildren. Her response to that question is that children help in the creative process. JK Rowling and Pulitzer Award winning author Maya Angelo were single moms. They struggled while producing award-winning creatives in poetry, bestselling books, scripts, 12 Academy Award nominations, a Tony Award, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom. The great love of their children and their contribution to the quality of their work serves as testament, there is a unique quality in authors who happen to be mothers.

Consider this. Some mothers will express ambivalence. Ideologies on what composes a great mom vary greatly. Add our own self-assessments the list grows. Motherhood is never easy no matter the number of offspring. Authoring is a fulltime job. An author logs in countless hours to produce their great works of wonder.

Let me share the following tips that may help:

1. Create a dedicated space that is a no man’s land for everyone except mom. Keep it sanctified and free from intrusion. Make it clear that the family interrupts your work for emergencies only and clearly define the worthy crisis.

2. Keep the door closed during important calls while keeping it slightly ajar at other times indicating mom is at work. Redefine often what interruptions constitute an emergency. That should be easy…you are a writer.

3. It is very hard to broker publishing deals or communicate with your editor when you are bouncing a fussy babe in your lap. If possible, hire or procure a babysitter when these calls are scheduled.

4. When dinner is done remind family members that you are entering your sanctuary and are not available during your prescribed hours.

5. Your sanctuary should be inviting and personal.

Motherhood is an amazing gift and in every generation, new writer moms come to be. The creative outcomes from this love and needful collaboration are priceless. The exciting miracles of authoresses, who seem to blend the winning formula of being a mother and writer, always seem to happen.

We want to know what you think at ChapterSee.

Free and Inexpensive Book Marketing really can Shift Your Sales Paradigms. by Barbara Cerda for ChapterSee

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You’ve spent an enormous amount of time and thought into getting your book published.  One of the biggest obstacles to success is getting your work front and center to readers and that requires marketing.  This is perhaps the biggest hurdle in achieving author stardom. But shifting the paradigms in achieving over the top book sales is more than possible.  Start your own marketing campaign. Begin treating your work like an undiscovered gem.  Free or inexpensive book promotions requires truly aggressive marketing.

Even successful authors face the same conundrum.  Most publishers have budgets of many thousands of dollars dedicated to fomenting enthusiasm….for a single book. Those pre-allocated funds are normally exhausted within a month.  Publishers take their return on investment and the author is stuck with continuing his own marketing efforts from that point on.  It’s a little like being queen for day. Unless he/she is one of those authors that generates top of the charts status every month.  That is hard and costly to maintain.

If you are a student or postgraduate where do get the money for marketing? There is crowdfunding.  After all crowdfunding is among the newest ways in finding small investors by way of social media.  But let us be real.  Even free marketing has opportunity costs.   Let’s explore a few.

YouTube videos

The world is hungry for great content. We enter a time when the globe wants its info and entertainment in ways that appeal to all our sense.  Quick…you have 60 to 90 seconds to capture an imagination, a need, curiosity, or diversion. This requires time to create and talent to deliver a compelling synopsis. But videos are rapidly becoming one of the best marketing tools.  Quality sound and visuals can do a lot toward getting your book known cheaply.    The happy parts is once you get the hang of it – productions get easier and cheaper. I love How to Make a Difference.  It is a how to website that also offers an excellent YouTube how to video.

Book Consortiums

Author consortiums are cheap or free and the more the merrier.  The caveat is finding websites with the greatest amount of traffic. You want your book cover advanced in markets where it will become a best seller.  Joining the general book marketing blogs is good.  But if you are writing about the economics of global terrorism….you probably wouldn’t expect a lot of interest with a group whose audience is clamoring for children or how to books.  Time and energy required to do proper research on these sites draws from daily itineraries.  But in the end your book cover will get buzzed on all the major internet highways.

The cost of posting your cover on book marketing sites vary from free and/or $19.00 onetime memberships to hundreds of dollars.    Essentially aggressive book marketing can be expensive – you are paying for expertise.

Writers’ Resources

There is a very important differences between a simple book marketing site and an author site that is a valuable resource. Resource sites actually offer important updates of the latest publishing listings where authors can market their books. These sites often conduct author to author book reviews. They are a treasure trove of wisdom and valuable feedback. But they often require active participation. You read my book and I’ll read yours. In addition many keep an active database of publisher submission guidelines and contests.

Technology junkie

I love well done videos linked to websites that can sell anything.  Learn how to get creative. WordPress and Word have plugins and themes dedicated to marketing books. The caveat in using YouTube and creating a winning website does not require that you become a tech nerd or junkie – although it helps. But it does require the time to learn and do and create.  Learn how to use visualization tools like Vimeo or Visul.ly.

There is a term that economist use called “opportunity costs”.  When making a decision on how much of your resources is required to successfully complete a tasks – you must take in consideration what is your time worth, how much will the goods or services cost in relation to successfully completing the task of selling your book(s). Most important at the end of the day will all those costs add up in the win column. Will you come away with over the top book sales – or close to it?

Word of Mouth

If you aren’t doing this already began creating posters of your cover art.  Every university, college and school has a student union hall or cafeteria.  Get permission to post your work. If you can, begin during prepublication to create buzz about your work in art and creative networks like My Journal, About me or See Me.  Start a conversation about your book before it is published. This will give you an idea of where to find your market niche. Start a Twitter and/or Facebook page using your book title to generate interest. Build buzz.

Trust your own instincts when it comes to marketing your book. Whatever mode or hopefully combinations of marketing tools you decide to invest in….success comes from the old tried and true concepts.  It is ALWAYS about working your market to gain real readership.  But before your start working that market…know it.  Know who is reading the subject of your books.

ChapterSee is an important tool in getting your book cover seen and your content read. Join us.

 

 

Are Writers Born with Muses?

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During the act of composing, a writer’s brain cells liberate the biochemical substance dopamine, along with other potent mood altering bio-substances.  Writers own truly unique mind tools.

 

I will not belabor within this small commentary on the documented neurological data that support why writers have amazing brains.  The artists that pursue language to convey their inherent gifts are a breed into themselves.  They are capable of bending cultural rivers and shaping populace ideas spanning generations.  Many languages have waxed further the eternal importance of the scribe.  Let me just say…whether it is a Greek goddess muse, an obsession or neurobiology – writers have unique brains, with the ability to create amazing things.  The act of composing or transforming new information into literature physically changes your brain.

   The reasons for the evocation of a muse to begin a composition numbers as many as there are authors.

Perhaps the most amazing fact is that the authoring community finds its spiritual motivation within itself.  Many writers – perhaps most – will say that other writers inspired them to weave words of persuasive readings. Have you ever read a compelling book, poem, or short story?  Alternatively, found a life moment while exploring an autobiography and wondered where the author got the idea?

While composing this article I received a YouTube alert about the discovery of Cannabis in William Shakespeare’s pipe.  For me, it was akin to finding a nugget of gold.  Of course, his avid scholars immediately argued how something as common as marijuana weed could not be the liberator of Shakespeare’s genius. They proposed that it was merely pipe residue used for other things (still not clear how they drew that conclusion).  At the end of the day, it means little.  Cannabis did not create Shakespeare’s genius; if true, it merely freed it. Therefore, I embarked on a short research journey of my own to find out what other common means was there in the freeing of literary muses. Of course, the range of “whys” and “how(s)” seem endless.

Author Ellis Shuman writes in his blog about experiencing intense moments of creativity when he least expects it. He shares. “Creativity has a way of hitting me when I least expect it. While taking my morning exercise walk, a luxury I only find time to do on the weekends, ideas pop into my mind. Descriptions of characters. Things they say to each. Things they are thinking. What they are wearing. More and more of my upcoming work of fiction is becoming real to me.”

Similarly Stephen King often relates how a “chance encounter” or while witnessing an unusual public display of behavior ignites a story in him.  Often authors will embellish a real life occurrence, fleshing out the characters in back stories that later become literary hits.  Their writing muse seems to be sitting on their shoulder all the time looking for any opportunity to express.

Cupid whispered in the ear of the muse belonging to a young girl in love. Pride and Prejudice was liberated from the heart and mind of Jane Austen.  Filled with the blush of first passion for Tom LeFroy, she put pen to paper and created a story that remains in hearts for generations to come.

JK Rowling found the comfort of an old hotel located in Edinburgh Scotland as inspiration to complete her last Harry Potter work, drawing to a close (perhaps) the last chapter in The Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Anne Rice began writing Interview with a Vampire shortly after the death of her baby girl and depression. Her novels held three pen names and ranged from hardcore BDSM (written decades before 50 Shades) to southern love stories, rich in detail and of course her vampire series. Anne is my north star because she writes with both sides of her brain while using the middle brain to flesh out her story line. You always get a dose of history with Anne Rice’s fictional journeys.

The common thread that appears to weave tight within the lives of the most prolific authors is one that begins in the early stages of life.  Perhaps the muses select us from birth or our eternal spirit has chosen this life to share the words that shape the lives of others.

Share your inspiration with us. – ChapterSee

 

Pay per Read or Exploitation?

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Pay per read success comes to the writer who is a compelling storyteller or weaver of cliffhangers.

I have received more than a few questions this week about Amazon’s pay per read. Its guidelines detailing what authors are included in the pay per read system are purposefully obtuse. Word about Amazon’s Kindle pay per reading was released in the months following a settlement resulting from a legal contention between Amazon and MacMillan eBooks. We explored Amazon’s then proposed addition to its Author Page in a previous ChapterSee article. Although pay per read is not a new concept to digitalized media it is new to the authors included in Kindle Premium programs.

Currently limited only to KOLL (Kindle Owners Lending Library) and KU (Kindle Unlimited) authors, the Kindle pay per read has become a hotly debated topic among authors.

Even though Amazon states that, these royalty changes were a result of author feedback. The harsh reality of the poor relationship between the marketing giant and its authors remain. Authors argue as to whether it is a boon or another avenue of exploitation. Amazon has it spot on in how it has worded the rules of engagement. There is a distinction between what authors may and may not participate. At present authors under contract who have royalty-sharing agreements, do not qualify. Amazon is hoping that Indie authors’ participation increases in the program.

I hope that with future success the program will become more inclusive. Authors wanting to the “un-enroll” from the KU and/or KOLL program need only visit their Amazon Bookshelf. The pay per read system of calculation is simple.

Designed to begin tracking the reader’s engagement from the first page, Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count (KENPC v1.0) decides the page calculation across genres and devices. It is important to note that KENPC gages page count on standardized settings for font, line height, line spacing. Although page graphics is included, you cannot cheat using overly large fonts or double spacing. It is good to know that WordPress has introduced another version of a pay per read plug-in created by Plenigo and others.

As many artists have discovered. Royalties generated by per click digital sales will appear at first smaller. Nevertheless, in reality your writing style can garner a steady stream of income.

Pay per page will separate the wheat from the chaff by bringing attention to engaging authors.

For independent writers and larger publishing houses, it can be an important cog in the digital media machine. The pay per read system of payouts does not reward the epic length novels versus smaller ones. A reader can become disengaged after a few pages into an epic novel. Yet discover a novelette that is compelling to its end. The more skilled the writing the more pages read. For this reason, pay per page can become an important marketing tool for prolific authors seeking to grow a fan base.

The Amazon announcement reads in part;

“The author of a 100 page book that was borrowed and read completely 100 times would earn $1,000 ($10 million multiplied by 10,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).

The author of a 200 page book that was borrowed and read completely 100 times would earn $2,000 ($10 million multiplied by 20,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).

The author of a 200 page book that was borrowed 100 times but only read halfway through on average would earn $1,000 ($10 million multiplied by 10,000 pages for this author divided by 100,000,000 total pages).”

~ Amazon

Authors will make money with pay per read and ChapterSee will always be here to answer your questions.

Welcome to ChapterSee Home for Writers

Sweet-Home-Chicago-062-001.jpg book and money canstockphoto5938664Welcome to ChapterSee where writers, publishers and book lovers of all genres come together.

Whether you are a veteran writer with a prolific bibliography, or creating your first masterpiece, become a ChapterSee member. Our mandate is to market your book(s) across social web platforms. Publishers are welcome to promote or connect with new talent.

As a place for book selling campaigns, ChapterSee offers a no fee venue for your book(s). Successful web based book marketing must be driven by well-defined goals for creating author fame, not memberships. In our promise to maintain a no cost promotional site, we do not distract from the important tasks of promoting your work with offers of widgets and contests. We merely ask that you submit suggestions and feel free to ask questions.

In reviewing current and outdated book distributing vogue we also pay close attention to what is new in future promotional trends. Then we present your work to its most important source to success…the reader.

As a new member, you are required to create strong compelling profiles that include book blog links. It is our way of insuring that viewers of our website will learn more about the authors.

The focus of ChapterSee is to create a place where authors can shamelessly plug their books. Becoming a sensation in the publishing community is all about successful mass marketing. Expanding your web presence requires repeated imagery of cover art. Upload quality book imagery to wet the imagination of readers and fans. It is that easy. Whether of fiction or non-fiction ChapterSee uses all the available distribution channels to display your book.

Most important are those that feed our craft, the readers. They are always a welcome addition to our community of writers and publishers.

We invite our readers to peruse our generous library to find the newest in storytelling. The Amazon link to each author’s-buying page offers immediate purchasing power. Booklover participation helps to keep our stories alive. We strongly encourage our fans and members to share their favorite book companions and authors with others.

As a free promotional web platform to authors and publishers, ChapterSee should be a necessary marketing tool in any authors’ arsenal of title branding and recognition.

You have done the work. Let ChapterSee help with the heavy lift of promotion. Our mandate is to help you sell your book(s)!

Discover Your True Value as an Author

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A nexus of cross-purposes is a ghostly presence that haunts all writers. It is their commonality.

True and accurate quantification of bookmakers is rare. How do you estimate the real value of an author’s abilities? Nevertheless, creating fiction or nonfiction is a needful requirement in every industry. Gifts of “word-smithing” create new worlds and can reshape common values. Faced with the dichotomy between marketing their works at true value while acknowledging the mediocrity of economic realities… authors must choose. There needs be food on the table, rent and mortgages to be paid, and lifestyles to maintain.

I read an article recently about acknowledging contributions of writers’ to the actual return of investment in marketing. Considered more a liability than an asset, rarely are writers valued in their support to successful campaigns.

An author’s talent for conveying ideas in words is a promotional asset. Their contributions should not appear as a liability on an accounting ledger. It is a necessary tool in achieving successful marketing outcomes. The same holds true in how an author places value on his/her own work. No one can properly compensate a gift. Nevertheless, everyone should place the highest value possible on novelists, and that starts with you the author.

Achieving the proper return on your investment of time and creativity is a needful challenge, one you should never ignore. Social network sites like ChapterSee are not only a smart ROI (Return of Investment). It is a common sense approach to achieving a writer’s or publishers’ literary success.

When mentioning ROI I am referring to not only the actual monetary investment in marketing and promoting, but also the economic term “opportunity costs”. This takes into consideration the hidden expenditures of time spent in researching material, editing and efforts taken away from employment pursuits. Authoring a book contains great intrinsic values. Nevertheless, recognition of your work can only become a revelation to readers by way of aggressive promotion and smart pricing.

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This nascent digital era can garner respectful fans from all over the world. Only through proper channels and funnels of high traffic sites, can you achieve fair compensation for your undiscovered abilities. They help in creating your brand.

Amazon makes 83,000 online sales every 60 seconds. YouTube users upload 72 hours of new video every minute. A remarkable social network dedicated to the magic of imagery and a wonderful space to advertise book covers. Pinterest users repin over 3,000 images per 60 seconds. To throw another impressive number in the mix, daily global usage of the internet has grown to 2.4 billion people. Note the word “grow”, because internet usage is developing into an organic medium for communication.

Claim your market share.

Over the top exposure of your book cover, will garner sales. Book promoting social networks help in personalizing the author and his work. ChapterSee can help you grow in reader popularity while creating your own niche. It expands the opportunities to sell your work at its true market value. Hawking your titles at a fraction of their worth has unintended consequences.

Lowering costs for books have a ripple effect that flows throughout the literary community. It reduces the compensation point for all writers, especially those who have yet to attain recognition. There are avenues to self-promotion that require meager to none marketing dollars for independent writers and publishers. It requires your own creative input and attention to details. Author and publisher niche sites attract readers.

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Website networking communities like ChapterSee can offer a huge helping hand to achieving literary recognition. Marketing budget or no, it takes time to build a dedicated customer base. This is where social media and network communities specific to authoring can save a lot of money and time. ChapterSee tracks web traffic, mimics larger digital marketing giants and brings them to you, then directs your readers to the sales link.

It is a very needful thing to post your work on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, and the like. Nevertheless, when you add your literary treasure to their pile of millions, it becomes impossible to be noticed in a sea of images. You MUST put niche social networks first in your marketing toolbox.

Displaying your cover on author and publishers’ social networks like ChapterSee increases your exposure to potential buyers that become repeat consumers and subscribers to your brand.