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The Master Satirist
The Master Satirist

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is only one Stan Freberg!, 20 Dec. 2008
This review is from: The Master Satirist (MP3 Download)
Take Warner Bros cartoons, Mad Magazine and National Lampoon, mix them all together and you still won't quite have Stan Freberg, the original Alfred E Newman. Just so funny you have to buy the album and listen yourself.


Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ron Perlman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.72

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I liked it!, 20 Dec. 2008
I don't like comic book movies and hadn't expected much from this, particularly after all the fanboy hype in movie magazines, so Hellboy 2 turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Good strong plot, fantastic visuals and imaginative creatures and worlds. Actually, I never thought I'd here myself say this, but I liked it better than Pan's Labyrinth [2006]


Persepolis [2008] [DVD]
Persepolis [2008] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Chiara Mastroianni
Offered by MusicnMedia
Price: £3.90

4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I Wanted to Like It...., 1 Sept. 2008
This review is from: Persepolis [2008] [DVD] (DVD)
Length:: 1:48 Mins

Persepolis [2008]I wanted to like this film but.....
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I Can Make You Rich (Book and CD)
I Can Make You Rich (Book and CD)
by Paul McKenna
Edition: Hardcover

38 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Essex Boy Makes Good, 2 Aug. 2008
Length:: 1:19 Mins

A nice remake of Think and Grow Rich
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POD People - Beating the Print-On-Demand Stigma
POD People - Beating the Print-On-Demand Stigma
by Jeremy Robinson
Edition: Paperback

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Starting Point, but...., 9 Sept. 2007
I really wanted to like this book and the author is obviously enthusiastic about his subject and makes several good points about self-publishing, and his opinions on the importance of a good cover are particularly insightful, but at the end of the day the question that haunts every independent publisher, be they one-book POD people or directors of small companies like myself, remains completely unanswered. How do you persuade bookstores to stock your titles if they consider you to be a nobody?

Distribution is the key to success, advertising and marketing is pointless if the buying public cannot fall over your product, and good design is wasted if your book is not being seen.

If you are an author contemplating self-publishing your work this is a great place to start. If you are an independent publisher you might do better with Aaron Shepard's (appallingly designed) Aiming at Amazon although both books seem to feel that it's OK to design a book interior with Microsoft Word. (Get real guys!)

There are better marketing tips in John Kremer's 1001 Ways to Market Your Book, but all of these works do nothing to address the overwhelming screams of indifference that will greet your independently published work.

The issue of staying motivated in the face of this, along with the eternal conundrum of cracking Borders and Waterstones, remains unaddressed.

This book is a brave effort and well worth buying, but it will not provide you with all the answers that you need to succeed as an independent publisher.


Aiming at Amazon: The NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books with Print on Demand and Online Book Marketing on Amazon.com
Aiming at Amazon: The NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books with Print on Demand and Online Book Marketing on Amazon.com
by Aaron Shepard
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Potential Bible for Serious Small Publishers, 26 Aug. 2007
Despite the awful cover, this book has tons of useful advice to offer the small publishing firm trying to establish themselves in today's very over-crowded market.

I would say that it's not really suited to authors wishing to just self-publish a single volume and who don't want to go through the work of creating an imprint, but for serious small firms who want to get a foothold in Amazon it will pay back its cover price in minutes once you start putting its ideas into practice.


The Freelance Writer's Handbook: How to turn your writing skills into a successful business: How to Make Money and Enjoy Your Life
The Freelance Writer's Handbook: How to turn your writing skills into a successful business: How to Make Money and Enjoy Your Life
by Andrew Crofts
Edition: Paperback

18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch Nuts & Bolts Guide, 3 Sept. 2006
If you want to get involved in the actual business of freelance writing there is no better guide on the market. Andrew Crofts is well known in the book trade as a ghost writer and it is seldom that he doesn't have a book in the best-seller lists, even if it doesn't have his name on it.

Unlike many books on writing, this book actually tells you how to write for a living and is not full of the normal obsequies to editors that usually plague books like these and reveal a definite bias to the amateur.

Not much use if you want to write a heart-felt labour-of-love novel, otherwise excellent.


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