Fee-For-Review vrs Vanity Review Overview

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Probably one of the most controversial topics still in the book publishing industry is the idea of an author (or publicist) paying for a review of their book. It’s an offshoot of the self-publishing versus publishing industry argument that comes from the old vanity presses of the past.

A vanity press, for the younger readers, was a publishing company that would charge an author for the entire print run of a book. The publisher might make attempts to sell the book, but their profit had already been taken in the print run of the book (and sometimes ongoing storage fees of the unsold books). The publisher often kept rights to the book, provided little to no support (cover design, marketing, etc.), or charged excessive fees for those services...

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An accidental celebrity 6,000 miles from home

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Image caption A poster for a chat show featuring Mat Dan

As soon as Mohammed Kareef Daniel Abdullah steps out of his front door in Malaysia’s capital, it doesn’t take long before heads start turning and for his nickname to be shouted.

“People say ‘Look, look it’s Mat Dan!'” his mother says, adding that only some muster the courage to ask for a selfie.

Whether it’s starring in his own primetime travel programme, hosting his breakfast radio show or appearing on billboards advertising tours to Mecca, Mat Dan is big news in Malaysia.

It’s not the usual path for an Englishman born Daniel Tyler.

Growing up in the middle-class town of Cheltenham in the English Cotswolds, Dan’s upbringing was nothing out of the ordinary.

He wasn’t the biggest fan of schoo...

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B&B stays for homeless to be limited to seven days

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A seven-day limit is to be introduced on the use of temporary accommodation for homeless people in Scotland.

The limit on spending time in unsuitable accommodation currently applies to families and pregnant women but will be extended to everyone at risk of homelessness.

Charities have previously warned people were living in bed and breakfast and hostel rooms for more than a year.

The change in regulations will take place from May 2021.

A Scottish government consultation on the change found 97% of respondents backed the move.

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said: “We know that people living in these unsuitable environments can for too long often lack cooking or washing facilities, and some have reported that they ...

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Kylie Jenner’s Most Insane Parties Ranked By Extraness Betches

No matter what you think about the Kardashians and Jenners, you can’t deny that they throw incredible parties. And by incredible, I mean incredibly over-the-top. In the world of Kylie Jenner and fam, more is more, and there’s nothing Kylie loves more than going all the way (and then some) with a party theme. It’s a shame Kylie never went to college, because she would have taken sorority mixers to the next level.

This Saturday, August 10th, is Kylie Jenner’s 22nd birthday, and she’s off in Europe celebrating on a $250 million yacht, naturally. And that’s after Travis Scott literally filled her entire house with rose petals. This birthday might end up being her most lavish event yet, and that’s saying something...

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30 People Who Downloaded Their Google Data Share The Most Unsettling Things Theyve Found

There are times when we all get a tiny bit paranoid that somebody — like the Illuminati, the world government, a clandestine spy organization or an alien mothership — is secretly watching us. Keeping tabs on us. Noting down every single, tiny, little thing that we do. [Looks around, peers out of the window, glances at the sky].

As it turns out, there’s no need to worry about secret groups collecting information on us because it’s actually happening every single day, right under our noses and in our pockets. Some internet users did a very scary thing — they downloaded their Google data, went through it and then posted the most unsettling things they found. Please applaud these courageous individuals who battled intense embarrassment to make us laugh...

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The Secret to Success on YouTube? Kids

Kids love YouTube. They love the pinging of the xylophones in the upbeat “Thank you song” on CoCoMelon, a channel with more than 53 million subscribers that plays animated nursery rhymes. They love watching other kids open and test toys, as they do on Ryan ToysReview (subscriber count: 20,749,585). And they love the Baby Shark song. Possibly because of the fun dance moves and possibly because they want to drive adults crazy.

These trends are nothing new, but now we have more than vast subscriber counts or astounding click numbers to illustrate just how central videos featuring kids are to the platform. In a report Thursday, the Pew Research Center said that in the vast ecosystem of YouTube’s English-language videos, children’s content and content featuring kids under 13 are some of the mo...

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Miley Cyrus And Liam Hemsworth Splitting Up After 8 Months Of Marriage

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are calling it quits after less than a year of marriage. They married last December.

It’s “what’s best,” a rep for the couple said in a statement.

“Liam and Miley have agreed to separate at this time,” said the statement. “Ever-evolving, changing as partners and individuals, they have decided this is what’s best while they both focus on themselves and careers.”

Cyrus and Hemsworth will “remain dedicated parents to all of their animals they share while lovingly taking this time apart,” the statement added.

A sad-looking Cyrus, 26, appeared in a Instagram post Saturday clearly not wearing her wedding ring...

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Patti LaBelle gets Philadelphia street named after her

(CNN)Patti LaBelle is being honored with her very own street in her hometown of Philadelphia.

LaBelle appeared at the ceremony Tuesday, where she thanked her supporters and her hometown. The singer reminisced about growing up in the city.
“I was a shy little girl from West Philly. To go from shy Patti to Patti LaBelle Way is incredible,” she told the crowd, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
    She also treated supporters to an impromptu rendition of her hit “Love, Need and Want You.”
      LaBelle’s hits include “Lady Marmalade “You Are My Friend” and “New Attitude.”
      The Grammy Award-winner who has been dubbed “The Godmother of Soul,” most recently appeared on “American Horror Story: Freak Show...
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      The Most Instagrammable Books To Read Summer 2019 Betches

      They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but they also say not to meet men at bars and the best option is to meet through shared hobbies, and that’s gotten me about as far as the distance one can safely travel on one of those motorized scooters. Which is to say, about 5 feet before face planting! But I’m not here to gripe about my dating life (today). I’m here to help you judge a book by its cover. Sometimes you want to read a good beach reach (and for that, might I recommend my Summer Reading List?), and sometimes, you want to just Instagram your book cover on the beach. With this list, you can do both. I’ve rounded up the best summer reads that have a lot going on and are pretty to look at (aka what my dad says about me when asking why I’m still not dating anyone)...

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      The Misogynist by Steve Jackowski

      Book Info:

      George Gray, San Francisco-based reporter for the New York Sentinel, receives two similar emails an hour apart. One offers to expose well-known individuals who have criminally perverted use of the internet to enrich themselves. The other promises to murder women who have ruined the lives of technologists who were changing the world. Could they be the same person? Mike McKenzie, San Francisco homicide detective was frustrated by his last major case. He never caught the serial killer who targeted the clients of prostitutes in the Tenderloin. He’s hoping that this time, he’ll be more successful...

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      Gordon Ramsay and Lil Nas X get in the kitchen to make panini history

      (CNN)Lil Nas X wrote a song called “Panini,” and the grilled sandwich has never been cooler.

      So while he was in London, Lil Nas decided to ask the famous British chef Gordon Ramsay to show him how a good panini gets made.
      “teach me how to make paninis while i’m still london,” he tweeted.
        Ramsay appeared to be delighted by the request.
        “Name the day…,” he replied.
        That’s exactly what the “Old Town Road” rapper did.
        “wednesday!” Lil Nas suggested.
        So it was said. And so it was done. The two met up and pressed this moment into sandwich history.
        “me & @gordonramsay made paninis,” Lil Nas wrote along with two photos of him with Ramsay and their panini.
          He also mentioned with sadness that the “Hell’s Kitchen” and “MasterChef” star didn’t yell it at him during their cook...
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