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Date: February 17, 2012, 4:31 pm

From: Miguel:
You might also like my tuiartol on creating an out of bounds scrapbook page layout for some more scrapbook page ideas

Date: February 17, 2012, 4:50 pm

From: Orlando:
Sam,Thank you for the rednimer of how difficult it can be to remember a great relationship with a parent who is no longer here. Sending you courage and gentle healing as you remember the precious good times you had with your father!~RJ

Date: February 19, 2012, 9:53 pm

From: Luis:
Sweet Another thing, will brtiltciuy be an optional module? It's great and all but when just building for fun I'd imagine it can be a bit of a pain having to power everything.

Date: June 4, 2012, 10:04 pm

From: Rooney:
Wow Erika I love this idea! Just a nice spin on a photo gift. Love your idea to make new ones and save the old ones brilliant! One year for Christmas my betrhor and I gave my mom a frame that had three photo openings. In one we put a photo of the two of us we took special for the gift, and in the other two he and I both wrote a poem for her. It has a major hit, a possible new gift idea for you!

Date: December 26, 2014, 4:24 am

From: Sofia:
, I don't have anything agisnat self-pub, by which I mean hiring a cover artist and an editor. I'd probably use a service to help me do the formatting, but I'd expect to pay for it. So yes, I do completely understand the difference.I am more interested in why you think you'd do well to get your book in front of an Amazon acquisitions editor. None of their books I've read (and I read for a living, so I've read a lot) have shown much in the way of book editing, so I am assuming acquisitions is their major/only editorial function. I'm not talking about grammar. I mean the things a real book editor does to help shape your work into its best form.If you already have a following, like Barry Eisler does, I doubt you'll lose anyone. The question is whether someone coming to you for the *first time,* seeing that cover, that "published by Amazon," and reading the (less well-edited) book will continue to be a loyal follower. Even self-published authors who publish through Amazon's self-pub services are having terms dictated to them, which is why I'd rather go with someone else who can produce a Kindle version.As far as contract terms with Amazon, their non-disclosure stuff is the only thing they are willing to release about their contracts. The fact that I could lose my contract if I discussed how many copies of my book I sold is repulsive to me. By "better distribution" I mean that on Amazon's pages, they promote their own authors. They hire publicists to send out some stuff for review (which is why I have a pile of their books that I've looked at, if not actually read). They might be able to get their into libraries, which is often impossible for self-pub authors. (Though not so for micro-press books if you work at it.)That might be appealing to me if the rest of their business dealings with authors didn't bother me so much. And if I didn't think I could get so much a nicer looking, better quality book by producing it myself. To me, it comes down to my name and the length of my career: I want my name associated with the best possible thing I can create, and I want my career under my own control. I don't get either of those with Amazon.As a reader, when I see "published by Amazon" or one of their imprints, I skip the book unless it's from an author I know and trust from another source. I've tossed too many of their books into the trash to believe they have any idea of what makes a competently-told story. I'm not agisnat Amazon as a business. I wish I could have had half their success running my own business. And as a reader, I love the ease of downloading stuff to my Kindle. I'm a rabid Kindle-aholic. But as a publisher, that's something else entirely.I wish you the best of luck with whatever path you choose. But monopolies of any kind make me nervous, and I wouldn't want to place myself in the hands of a company that's actively working to become one.

Date: April 26, 2016, 2:34 am

From: Bonner:
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