In a former life before children in need of luxuries like food and college, Barb Taub wrote a humor column for several Midwest newspapers. When Child #4 joined her research staff, she veered toward the dark side and a career in human resources. Now an expat living in one corner of a castle with her prince-of-a-guy and the world's most spoiled Aussie Dog, she enjoys travel, translating from British to American, and collaborating with her daughter Hannah on the Null City series.
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Smashwords book reviews by Barb Taub
- Rights and Contracts; What YOU Need to Know About Copyright, Rights, ISBNs, and Contracts
on Aug. 19, 2013
A year ago, I was an aspiring writer who (like, I'm sure,thousands of others) was overwhelmed by the opaque process that is the publishing world. But I had one overwhelming advantage, and her name is Mary Rosenblum. She's been mentor, guru, and guide. It's thanks to her that I've just signed my second book contract. Luckily, all authors can now have Mary's expertise at their fingertips with this concise, timely guide. It is a well organized and thoughtful roadmap that takes a practical approach to navigating the paths and byways of publishing rights and contracts.
- Effective Promotion
on Sep. 24, 2013
Review: Effective Promotion by Mary Rosenblum
I really have no excuse. For quite a while now, I've been reading Mary's incredibly helpful newsletters and blog on The New Writer's Interface. She's been a generous mentor and kickass editor. And most of all, she has always been right. Always. (Okay, Mary – you were even right about the blog. Curse you.) So why haven't I followed every one of her hints and suggestions, every golden tip?
Well, if I ever did have an excuse, I certainly don't have one any more. Her latest book, Effective Promotion, Book 2 in The Literary Midwife Presents series, walks writers through a step-by-step approach to building their audience base. And, being Mary, she does it in a completely entertaining, no frills way that leaves the reader – well, this reader, anyway – with an absolutely clear path to promoting their work.
I'd write more, but remember the no excuses part? (Really? Pinterest? Do I hafta? Yes, Mary. I'm on it... )
- Self Publishing Success
on March 26, 2014
“THE END”. I typed the words and sat back. My first book was finished! Wasn't it? My best friend liked it. My sister thought it was great. But, like most new authors, I had no idea what to do next. I was one of the very, very lucky ones. My sister-in-law, a “real” writer, said it was time for Mary Rosenblum. The next months were spent showing me that “THE END” was just the beginning as Mary's advice had me editing, revising, and really finishing that book.
But just as important, Mary was getting me ready for the “what next”. What were my goals for the book? Did I want to query agents? Need to see my opus on the shelves of B&N? Fancy a boutique publisher or even the world of self-publishing? And no matter which I chose, was I prepared to take on the marketing and self-promotion needed?
With Mary's guidance, a tip from a friend about a new publisher, and a whole bunch more of that luck, I ended up with a fabulous publisher and a bunch of new friends. But self-publishing is still out there, a fascinating and seductive option. And here's that luck again! Mary Rosenblum has just published SELF-PUBLISHING SUCCESS, A Handbook for New Writers. The book is pure Mary—her audience is “Dear”, her voice is a mix of amusing, no-nonsense, and practical advice.
And she has the answers.
What SELF-PUBLISHING SUCCESS is not: you won't find a step-by-step for uploading your book to SmashWords, B&N, or Amazon. (There are plenty of those guides out there, and Mary suggests some to you.) You won't find assurances that you'll be the next [fill in name of your favorite wildly-successful author]. She doesn't bother with anecdotes about how Hugh Howey just threw his novella “Wool” up as a 99¢ Kindle and was amazed to discover he'd sold millions. (Those stories usually leave out the part where he sent a free copy to just about every reviewer on the web...)
But Self-Publishing Success IS a comprehensive guide designed to help new authors decide if self-publishing is right for their book, and a realistic approach to the considerations that go into that decision. What is self-publishing anyway? Where does it fit on the spectrum of publishing possibilities out there today? What are the pitfalls to avoid? What will the author need to do to produce and promote the book? And what are the rewards and expectations?
This is a fast, essential, and information-packed book, written by an author whose pedigree includes publishing books in almost every format as well as decades of teaching, editing, and mentoring new writers. It is, quite simply, essential reading for any new author, whether or not you decide to self-publish.