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The Smarter Artist Locker
by , Johnny Truant

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English

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Publication Date

May 29, 2019

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<b>Writing a novel? Learning indie publishing? </b>This is the complete guide you’ve been waiting for. All FIVE Smarter Artist books from Sean M Platt and Johnny Truant in one complete collection. <br /><br />Now with <i>additional BONUS content you’ll only find here in the Smarter Artist Locker.</i> <br /><br />In 2013 Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant wrote and published 1.5 million words (a Harry Potter series and a half's worth of fiction). Then they showed the world how they did it.<br /><br /><b>Write. Publish. Repeat.</b><br />This book is not a formula with an easy path to follow. It is a guidebook that will help you build a successful indie publishing career, no matter what type of writer you are ... so long as you're the type who's willing to do the work. It covers expert methods for enhancing creativity, building story worlds, characters, and plots, understanding your market (right down to your ideal reader), using the best tools possible to capture your draft, and explains proven best practices for editing. The book also discusses covers, titles, formatting, pricing, publishing to multiple platforms and the psychology-driven marketing plan that Sean and Johnny built to shape their stories into "products" that readers couldn't help but be drawn into.<br /><br />***** PRAISE FOR WRITE. PUBLISH. REPEAT. *****<br /><br />"For my money, this is the best book on self-publishing out there." -David Gaughran<br /><br />"The most important book on self-publishing I've ever read." -Karol Gajda<br /><br />"Consider it the most valuable guide book to publishing success." -Jim Kukral, Author Marketing Club<br /><br /><b>Fiction Unboxed</b><br />Part hero’s journey, part crash course in storytelling by the modern mavericks of indie publishing, and the bestselling authors of Write. Publish. Repeat., Fiction Unboxed offers something that’s never been offered before: a naked look into two writer’s process as they wrote and published a book in 30 days, from scratch, in front of the world.<br /><br />***** PRAISE FOR FICTION UNBOXED *****<br /><br />"An Indispensable View of the Writer's World"<br /><br />"Invaluable Investment for the Self-Publisher's Personal Library"<br /><br />"A Book About Bravery"<br /><br /><b>The One with All The Writing Advice</b><br />Follow along with bestselling authors Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt as they examine definitive episodes of the TV classic Friends, sharing the lessons that every novelist, from aspiring to experienced, can apply to create believable characters and develop story arcs that will captivate their readers from start to finish. <br /><br /><b>Writing Online</b><br />Writing Online is more than a writing book. It's a road map to show you how to make a great living from writing. It teaches you not only how to write copy that sells, but also marketing, blogging, social media, SEO, list building, and how to build a strong reader or fan base.<br /><br />***** PRAISE FOR WRITING ONLINE *****<br /><br />"This book isn't just an inspiration, it's a roadmap to owning your career as a writer in a world that seems to never stand still long enough to know which way is up." -Jonathan Fields, Author of Career Renegade <br /><br />"Sean teaches you how to do it (write online) effectively, and actually make a living with your words. The fact that he practices what he preaches seals the deal - it's time to get this book and go pro." -Brian Clark, of Copyblogger<br /><br /><b>Iterate and Optimize</b><br />The top-to-bottom guide to taking your writing and publishing business from square one to stratosphere. Iterate and Optimize is a behind-the-scenes peek into how indie publishing company Sterling & Stone grew their three-author team into a juggernaut, and a next-level guide for authors looking to do the same.<br /><br /><b>˃˃˃ What Indie Authors and Thought Leaders Are Saying About Sean M. Platt and Johnny Truant</b><br /><br />"Two of the best in the biz... A gem for aspiring authors." -Hugh Howey<br /><br />"It's tough to find more honest and straight-forward marketing advice than what you'll get from these indie authors." -Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer's Digest
Working
by Robert A. Caro

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English

Pages

204

Publication Date

April 09, 2019

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<b>From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of <i>The Power Broker</i> and The Years of Lyndon Johnson: an unprecedented gathering of vivid, candid, deeply revealing recollections about his experiences researching and writing his acclaimed books</b><br /><br />For the first time in book form, Robert Caro gives us a glimpse into his own life and work in these evocatively written, personal pieces. He describes what it was like to interview the mighty Robert Moses; what it felt like to begin discovering the extent of the political power Moses wielded; the combination of discouragement and exhilaration he felt confronting the vast holdings of the Lyndon B. Johnson Library in Austin, Texas; his encounters with witnesses, including longtime residents wrenchingly displaced by the construction of Moses' Cross-Bronx Expressway and Lady Bird Johnson acknowledging the beauty and influence of one of LBJ's mistresses. He gratefully remembers how, after years of working in solitude, he found a writers' community at the New York Public Library, and details the ways he goes about planning and composing his books. <br />     Caro recalls the moments at which he came to understand that he wanted to write not just about the men who wielded power but about the people and the politics that were shaped by that power. And he talks about the importance to him of the writing itself, of how he tries to infuse it with a sense of place and mood to bring characters and situations to life on the page. Taken together, these reminiscences--some previously published, some written expressly for this book--bring into focus the passion, the wry self-deprecation, and the integrity with which this brilliant historian has always approached his work.
Liespotting: Proven Techniques to Detect Deception
by Pamela Meyer

Language

English

Pages

255

Publication Date

July 14, 2010

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<p>GET TO THE TRUTH</p><p>People--friends, family members, work colleagues, salespeople--lie to us all the time. Daily, hourly, constantly. None of us is immune, and all of us are victims. According to studies by several different researchers, most of us encounter nearly 200 lies a day. </p><p>Now there's something we can do about it. Pamela Meyer's <i>Liespotting</i> links three disciplines--facial recognition training, interrogation training, and a comprehensive survey of research in the field--into a specialized body of information developed specifically to help business leaders detect deception and get the information they need to successfully conduct their most important interactions and transactions. </p><p>Some of the nation's leading business executives have learned to use these methods to root out lies in high stakes situations. <i>Liespotting</i> for the first time brings years of knowledge--previously found only in the intelligence community, police training academies, and universities--into the corporate boardroom, the manager's meeting, the job interview, the legal proceeding, and the deal negotiation.</p><p>WHAT'S IN THE BOOK?</p><p>Learn communication secrets previously known only to a handful of scientists, interrogators and intelligence specialists.</p><p><i>Liespotting</i> reveals what's hiding in plain sight in every business meeting, job interview and negotiation: </p><p>- The single most dangerous facial expression to watch out for in business & personal relationships</p><p>- 10 questions that get people to tell you anything</p><p>- A simple 5-step method for spotting and stopping the lies told in nearly every high-stakes business negotiation and interview</p><p>- Dozens of postures and facial expressions that should instantly put you on Red Alert for deception </p><p>- The telltale phrases and verbal responses that separate truthful stories from deceitful ones</p><p>- How to create a circle of advisers who will guarantee your success</p>
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott

Language

English

Pages

274

Publication Date

December 18, 2007

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<b>"A warm, generous and hilarious guide through the writer's world and its treacherous swamps." --<i>Los Angeles Times</i></b><br /><br />Advice on writing and on life from an acclaimed bestselling author: <br />"Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he'd had three months to write. It was due the next day. We were out at our  family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, 'Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'"
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
by Stephen King

Language

English

Pages

320

Publication Date

October 03, 2000

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Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.<BR><BR>“Long live the King” hailed <i>Entertainment Weekly</i> upon publication of Stephen King’s <i>On Writing</i>. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, <i>On Writing</i> will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.
Leadership: Theory and Practice
by Peter G. Northouse

Language

English

Pages

526

Publication Date

February 09, 2018

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<p>In this fully updated <strong>Eight Edition of Leadership: Theory and Practice</strong>, a new chapter on Followership examines the central role followers play in the leadership process and unpacks the characteristics of both effective and ineffective followers. The new edition also includes a new Ethical Leadership Style Questionnaire and new coverage on the dark side of leadership and destructive leadership. <br /><br /><br /><br />Adopted at more than 1600 institutions in 89 countries and translated into 13 different languages, this market-leading text successfully combines an academically robust account of the major theories and models of leadership with an accessible style and special emphasis on how leadership theory can inform leadership practice. Peter G. Northouse uses a consistent structure for each chapter, allowing students to easily compare and contrast the various theories. Case studies and questionnaires provide students with practical examples and opportunities to deepen their personal understanding of their own leadership. <br /><br /><div> </div><br /></p>
Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style
by Benjamin Dreyer

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English

Pages

284

Publication Date

January 29, 2019

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<b><b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER • “An essential (and delightful!)”* guide to writing from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus—in the tradition of <i>The Elements of Style</i></b><br /><br /><b>*<i>People </i>(Book of the Week)</b><br /></b><br /> We all write, all the time: books, blogs, emails. Lots and lots of emails. And we all want to write better. Benjamin Dreyer is here to help.<br /><br /> As Random House’s copy chief, Dreyer has upheld the standards of the legendary publisher for more than two decades. He is beloved by authors and editors alike—not to mention his followers on social media—for deconstructing the English language with playful erudition. Now he distills everything he has learned from the myriad books he has copyedited and overseen into a useful guide not just for writers but for everyone who wants to put their best prose foot forward.<br /><br /> As authoritative as it is amusing, <i>Dreyer’s English</i> offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it’s OK to begin a sentence with “And” or “But” and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it’s best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including “very,” “rather,” “of course,” and the dreaded “actually.” Dreyer will let you know whether “alright” is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling—though, as he notes, “The problem with mnemonic devices is that I can never remember them.”<br /><br /> And yes: “Only godless savages eschew the series comma.”<br /><br /> Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people’s prose, and—perhaps best of all—an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.<br /><b><br />Praise for <i>Dreyer<b><i>’s </i></b>English<br /></i></b><br />“Playful, smart, self-conscious, and personal . . . One encounters wisdom and good sense on nearly every page of <i>Dreyer’s English</i>.”<b>—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /> “Destined to become a classic.”<b>—<i>The Millions</i></b><br /><br /> “Dreyer can help you . . . with tips on punctuation and spelling. . . . Even better: He’ll entertain you while he’s at it.”<b>—<i>Newsday</i> (What to Read This Week)</b>
The Model Thinker: What You Need to Know to Make Data Work for Yo...
by Scott E. Page

Language

English

Pages

398

Publication Date

November 27, 2018

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<div><b>How anyone can become a data ninja</b><br /><br /> From the stock market to genomics laboratories, census figures to marketing email blasts, we are awash with data. But as anyone who has ever opened up a spreadsheet packed with seemingly infinite lines of data knows, numbers aren't enough: we need to know how to make those numbers talk. In <i>The Model Thinker</i>, social scientist Scott E. Page shows us the mathematical, statistical, and computational models--from linear regression to random walks and far beyond--that can turn anyone into a genius. At the core of the book is Page's "many-model paradigm," which shows the reader how to apply multiple models to organize the data, leading to wiser choices, more accurate predictions, and more robust designs. <i>The Model Thinker </i>provides a toolkit for business people, students, scientists, pollsters, and bloggers to make them better, clearer thinkers, able to leverage data and information to their advantage.<br /><br /></div>
Pain Killer: An Empire of Deceit and the Origin of America's Opio...
by Barry Meier

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English

Pages

211

Publication Date

May 29, 2018

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<b>“Groundbreaking . . . the shocking account of the origins of today's opioid epidemic, the creators of this plague, and the way to help stop it.”—Sam Quinones, author of <i>Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic</i></b><br /><br /><b>“Prescient . . . a landmark work of investigative journalism.”—David A. Kessler, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and author of <i>The End of Overeating</i></b><br /><br /> Between 1999 and 2017, an estimated 250,000 Americans died from overdoses involving prescription painkillers, a plague ignited by Purdue Pharma’s aggressive marketing of OxyContin. Families, working class and wealthy, have been torn apart, businesses destroyed, and public officials pushed to the brink.<br /><br /> In <i>Pain Killer,</i> Pulitzer Prize–winning <i>New York Times</i> reporter Barry Meier exposes the roots of the most pressing health epidemic of the twenty-first century. Powerful narcotic painkillers, or opioids, were once used as drugs of last resort for pain sufferers. Purdue turned OxyContin into a billion-dollar blockbuster by launching an unprecedented marketing campaign claiming that the drug’s long-acting formulation made it safer to use than traditional painkillers for many types of pain. That illusion was quickly shattered as drug abusers learned that crushing an Oxy could release its narcotic payload all at once. Even in its prescribed form, Oxy proved fiercely addictive. As OxyContin’s use and abuse grew, Purdue concealed what it knew from regulators, doctors, and patients.<br /><br /> Here are the people who profited from the crisis and those who paid the price, those who plotted in boardrooms and those who tried to sound alarm bells. A country doctor in rural Virginia, Art Van Zee, took on Purdue and warned officials about OxyContin abuse. An ebullient high school cheerleader, Lindsey Myers, was reduced to stealing from her parents to feed her escalating Oxy habit. A hard-charging DEA official, Laura Nagel, tried to hold Purdue executives to account. The drugmaker’s owners, Raymond and Mortimer Sackler, whose names adorn museums worldwide, made enormous fortunes from the commercial success of OxyContin.<br /><br /> In this updated edition of <i>Pain Killer, </i>Barry Meier breaks new ground in his decades-long investigation into the opioid epidemic. He takes readers inside Purdue to show how long the company withheld information about the abuse of OxyContin and gives a shocking account of the Justice Department’s failure to alter the trajectory of the opioid epidemic and protect thousands of lives. Equal parts crime thriller, medical detective story, and business exposé, <i>Pain Killer</i> is a hard-hitting look at how a supposed wonder drug became the gateway drug to a national tragedy.<b><i><br /></i></b>
On Writing and Worldbuilding: Volume I
by Timothy Hickson

Language

English

Pages

243

Publication Date

May 30, 2019

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Writing advice tends to be full of 'rules' and 'tips' which are either too broad to be helpful or outright wrong. In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire.<br /><br />ON WRITING<br />Part I: Prologues<br />Part II: The First Chapter<br />Part III: The Exposition Problem<br />Part IV: Foreshadowing<br />Part V: Villain Motivation<br />Part VI: Hero-Villain Relationships<br />Part VII: Final Battles<br />Part VIII: The Chosen One<br />Part IX: Hard Magic Systems<br />Part X: Soft Magic Systems<br />Part XI: Magic Systems and Storytelling<br /><br />ON WORLDBUILDING<br />Part XII: Polytheistic Religions<br />Part XIII: Hidden Magical Worlds<br />Part XIV: How Empires Rise<br />Part XV: How Empires Work<br />Part XVI: How Empires Fall<br /><br />EXCLUSIVE CONTENT<br />Part XVII: How I Plan a Novel<br />Dozens of sidenotes and extra thoughts on all these wonderful stories

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