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Infographic: Amazon’s Extraordinary History

In just 23 years, Amazon has gone from a relatively obscure book business to a dominant online retailer, cloud service provider, and much, much more. On the right is a meme circulating on the Internet, with a 1999 Bezos in his office. A long way from his current status of being the wealthiest man on […]

KDP Print Makes Changes. What Does That Mean For Authors?

A lot of authors, especially Indie ones, have been using CreateSpace for years now to publish their works. Createspace, which makes books, CDs, and DVDs on demand, was initially known as BookSurge, a startup that Amazon bought in 2005. Back then, few imagined that Amazon would gradually roll the company’s services into its own. But that’s […]

Amazon Steps Up Its Anti-fraud Efforts

Since 2015, Amazon has been actively trying to stomp out scammers exploiting authors. Foremost among these are fake reviews, but a couple of months ago it stepped up its anti-fraud efforts by filing arbitration complaints against five individuals. According to the company, these offered services to KDP author and publishers aimed at helping them manipulate the reading […]

Digitizing A 6-Feet-Tall Atlas

Are you looking for an impressive image to add to your blog? All you have to do is Google for it and it appears, as if by magic, on your screen—even if it’s an image taken from a centuries-old book. Spare a thought, however, for the poor people who have been tasked with putting it online […]

Myth Dispelled: Youngsters Do Read!

I have written before about the reality behind the myth that youngsters no longer read. Now, a Pew Research Center survey has the surprising answer to the question, which adult generation is more likely to have visited a public library in the past year: it’s the Millennials. Yes, the same Millennials widely accused of not reading! […]

Describers vs. Prescribers: Reaching a Linguistic Common Ground

When I published my first collection of short stories, a reviewer said that the book had grammatical errors, albeit small ones. This shocked me, as the book had been professionally edited and proofread. So, I reached out and asked her for an example. “You start a sentence with a gerund,” she said. “So?” I asked. “So, that’s […]

Cheryllynn Dyess Sirmans Is Our New Vice President Of Membership

Engagement and growth are essential to a successful organization, even more so when that organization is full of writers who all have a passion to deliver youth-friendly fantasy and science-fiction literacy. That is why we are so pleased to announce Cheryllynn Dyess Sirmans as our Vice President of Membership. Encouraging engagement via a variety of […]

In Praise Of Singular They

Azure Fire Publishing authors believe in editing our books to perfection before publishing them. Like most authors, part of our process involves beta readers. One of them recently complained about my use of singular they, which she assumed were typos. This prompted this post. What is Singular They? Wikipedia defines singular they as the use in English of the […]

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