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Welcome guests and guest authors to the blog at First Choice Books.  We look forward to your insights on self-publishing whether it be a discussion about your latest book project, or your most recent accolades as an author, or even your secrets to creative inspiration – messy desk or tidy, etc.?  Please share with us!

What Would Gandhi Do? by Pummy Kaur

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | 0 comments

What Would Gandhi Do? by Pummy Kaur

Gandhi… What Would He Do?    Author Pummy Kaur is a great example of a one woman brand. She has published 3 books, including her most recent, What Would Gandhi Do? and A Season of Non-Violence, both in multiple printings with First Choice Books.  Pummy Kaur founded The Global Education Center (G.E.C.) in 1991 as a passionate voice and a compassionate ear for educating as if Life really matters. With her books, Kaur reaches out to universities, school districts, religious and spiritual institutions, social justice groups, unions,...

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Self Published Authors Testimonial – Jon Climie and “Rescue”

Posted by on Mar 3, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | 0 comments

Self Published Authors Testimonial – Jon Climie and “Rescue”

Jon Climie picking up his newly printed book, “Rescue”. Self Published Authors Testimonial -Jon Climie and “Rescue” by First Choice Books – Our Authors Rock! In the authors own words: I recently completed a 470 page novel called ‘RESCUE’ that I had published by First Choice Books in Victoria, British Columbia, and wanted to comment on their exceptional service and the guidance they provided at every step of getting my novel printed. Like most other people on the journey of writing something, I eagerly...

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Youtube Testimonial – Robert Moore: There’s Moore to Life

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | 0 comments

Youtube Testimonial – Robert Moore: There’s Moore to Life

 Youtube Testimonial for First Choice Books in His Own Words by Robert Moore Robert Moore  author of “There is Moore to Life” says of his creative process: …I started an even harder journey to break free from the way I was living. My book talks about the emotional roller coaster I had been on throughout my life and how I became sober and clean while at the same time putting myself through school to get a college education. I could never pay back the community with different community programs. I have started a new...

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Authors Gold Rush – John Motherwell and Gold Rush Steamboats

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | 0 comments

Authors Gold Rush – John Motherwell and Gold Rush Steamboats

Authors Gold Rush John Motherwell has been interested in Rattenbury’s Yukon experience for more than half a century. He first heard of the Bennett Lake and Klondyke Navigation Company in 1955, long after its boats had stopped running, while he was in Whitehorse. ~Dave Obee, Editor-in-Chief, Victoria Times Colonist newspaper writes: “A few years later, on the Yukon’s Fortymile River, Motherwell found what was left of two of Rattenbury’s boats. In 2002, he visited the company’s old shipyard at Bennett Lake. It’s safe to say that...

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Artisanal self publishing: a new trend in self-publishing

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in Publishing Advice | 0 comments

Artisanal self publishing: a new trend in self-publishing

Artisanal Self Publishing – Same as Baking Bread He calls it Artisanal Self Publishing. From Forbes Magazine, an interview with Guy Kawasaki, technology guru and author of 10 books. Kawasaki identifies a new trend in publishing.  It’s about taking care of every detail of your book, all the way through, in the same way that a fine baker cares for every detail of the bread they’re baking (it’s not supermarket bread!). From the article about APE, here’s Kawasaki’s recommendation on how to take control of your...

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Book Review: Joyce McCart and Captain Palliser

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | 0 comments

Book Review: Joyce McCart and Captain Palliser

When an Editor provides a Glowing Book Review You Know You Have Done a Great Job! Canadian author/historian Joyce McCart published her second book, On the Road with Captain Palliser, with First Choice Books last year. Exactingly researched and engagingly recounted, the book tells of Captain Palliser’s 1859 explorations of southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, an area now known as the Palliser Triangle. McCart’s book was very well received, earning it a rare glowing review in Victoria’s Times Colonist newspaper. Reviewer Dave...

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Why you should never use two spaces after a period.

Posted by on Jan 12, 2013 in Book Design Matters | 0 comments

Why you should never use two spaces after a period.

  Double Spaces After a Period? One of Slate.com’s most popular articles ever was reprinted today on its two-year anniversary. And it’s still worth reading. From the article: Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. …. “Who says two spaces is wrong?” they wanted to know. Typographers, that’s who. The people who study and design the typewritten word decided long ago that we should use one space, not two, between...

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The end of the CAPS LOCK key?

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Book Design Matters | 0 comments

The end of the CAPS LOCK key?

Caps Lock Key To Be Eliminated? Have you ever wanted to disable the caps lock key on a friend’s keyboard? The friend who sends you long emails about the latest outrage, in ALL CAPITAL LETTERS? All caps is widely recognized as shouting in type, and the key that allows us to do it may be in the process of being phased out. Turns out the key is using up some valuable real estate on our keyboards, and Google, as it releases its latest laptop, has omitted the familiar button. We’ve got great alternatives to all caps now, including bold,...

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Business Book by Dr. John Pliniussen, Economist

Posted by on Jan 3, 2013 in Testimonials & Author Success Stories | 0 comments

Business Book by Dr. John Pliniussen, Economist

   Queen’s School of Business Professor John-Kurt Pliniussen was interviewed recently by the Financial Post on the challenges of creativity and innovation in business. Here’s a bit of what he said, from the article: The reason places like Apple and Google are places most of us would love to work in is they understand there’s a correlation between an environment like that and the people that are attracted to working in places like that. But when you go to places like newspapers or universities, it’s baby steps. First of all, the...

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Self publishing cover design

Posted by on Aug 26, 2011 in Book Design Matters | 0 comments

  In self publishing cover design, a book cover needs to say it all in one quick, really quick look. The title and image need to be seen as of one mind. Their message needs to be compelling. Your reader needs to feel motivated and moved to buy your book because of these qualities. To create a successful book cover, there are a few things to keep in mind. The title has to be legible. Potential readers can easily determine the title and/or subtitle of your book. The same is true for the spine. The spine is important real estate, and it...

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