Online Gambling – Is It Risky?

Online gambling is illegal in many jurisdictions and users should consult legal counseling regarding the legal status of online gambling and gaming in their jurisdictions. The information in this article is for news and entertainment purposes only. Online gambling is fast becoming a major threat to government revenue from gambling, and to its control over how and where gambling takes place. Online gamblers are becoming more savvy and security conscious so when they begin looking for an Internet casino other factors come in to play, other than who is offering the biggest bonus. Players want to know that their security particulars are completely safe and that nobody will abuse their trust. Online gamblers are quick to point out who the rip-offs are, but sometimes have a knee-jerk reaction to bad experiences. Sometimes a shill or two will appear. Online gamblers are not going to quit gambling because the U.S. government needs to recognize this need and instead of fighting it, they should accompany and limit it with economic methods such as a high tax. Law enforcement agents have seized the media spotlight by telling scary stories and demanding new powers to crush Internet gambling. As the futility of prohibition becomes more and more evident, however, cooler heads in state revenue departments will begin to see Internet gambling as a huge new cash cow. In conclusion, Internet gambling may be of interest to many people, because they can gamble from the comfort of their own home without all of the smoke filled rooms. However, if someone is not careful, they could lose a lot of money online, and turn into a compulsive gambler. I personally stay away from any form of online gambling, since there are plenty of other ways to make money online. 

Book Marketing: How to Get Recognition on a Budget

(Guerilla) Marketing Your In-print BookFollowing are a few of the things I’ve implemented to market some of my own books, which have received top ratings on Amazon and hundreds of “Likes” on my official author page on Facebook.All it will cost you is some time, some gas, a lot of creativity and perseverance, and less than $200:$40 – for 1500 business cards on Vistaprint
$75 – for 20 copies of your book (if less than 300 pages) on CreateSpace
$1 – for a roll of tape at the dollar store
$30 – for an ad on Facebook
$50 for postage (to mail 10 copies of a book to 10 different people)If on a limited budget, get the copies of your book for $75 and 1 box of business cards for $10. Almost anyone can lend you tape, and you can hand-deliver copies of your book instead of mailing them.Your strategy:+ Create an intriguing ad on Facebook and set your advertising budget to $1 per day. ($30 per month)+ Mail copies of your book to tv / radio personalities, bookstore owners – and include a handwritten note asking them to read the book or pass it along to someone who may be interested. Make sure your handwriting is clear. ($5-8 per book print, plus $5 postage if you mail it priority)+ Post a link to your Facebook page or website on a relevant Facebook page – for example, if your book is about a child with Down’s Syndrome, post a link to your book on Down’s Syndrome Association, Downs Side Up, and Down’s Syndrome Scotland page. Most page owners are OK with you doing this as long as the topic or book is relevant. FREE!+ Get articles or stories published in a magazine like Harper’s, Tropics, Apex Magazine, etc. This usually pays you $0.50 to $1.00 per word, and it gets your name out there. FREE (can actually pay for the rest of your marketing efforts!)+ Subscribe to a writer’s magazine like Writer’s Digest. You can also read copies for free at your local public library. ($15 per year or FREE)+ Social Media: create a profile on the following, and maintain them regularly (schedule at least one day a month – it should take you just a couple of hours to maintain all of them! Fill in your username, password, and a link to your profile in one place, such as this file.(Facebook pages should be created for your main characters, your books, and an author page for yourself)Facebook:
Your Website:
Amazon Author Page:
Smashwords:(ALL FREE!)+ Ask local bookstores if you can do an appearance or signings. Most small bookstores welcome this, and it benefits them as well. I recommend you offer the owner a flat fee or a commission for each book you sell. (FREE – can even pay for your other marketing efforts!)+ Most public libraries will host local author appearances and readings, usually with themes such as “Women’s fiction”, “Black History / Literature”, “Hispanic Heritage”, “Mystery Month”, etc. contact them and see if they’ll feature you at one of those events. (FREE!)+ Networking – attend parties, events. Dress to impress! A good place to start is, which hosts a networking event for local professionals every two weeks. Here you can make connections that can help you land work as a freelance copywriter, ghostwriter, gets your name out there, and may help you promote a book. Plus, they’re fun! (and FREE!)+ Book Fairs – take advantage of your local market. Most cities and towns will host a book fair, and it’s usually not too expensive to get a booth. Or, you can buy a ticket to get into the book fair and give away business cards or copies of your book(s). (Cost will vary). An alternate FREE option is to volunteer for the event. Check the event website.+ Reading clubs – These actually exist, and if you are an author people will buy copies of your book, read it, and sit around and discuss it over tea. Be sure to offer your books for a decent discount to the members of the club. You can find book clubs on Meetup or Booksprouts. PaperbackSwap is like Netflix for books, and you can lend out copies of your printed book in exchange for someone else’s. I recommend including a handwritten request on the inside cover for the borrower to rate your book on Amazon and Goodreads if they enjoyed it. (Free – can actually pay for your time!)+ Writers clubs – such as those on Meetup (Free!)+ Chatrooms – although dying out and becoming more focused on adult entertainment, regular chat rooms are still a great way to connect with readers. (FREE!)+ Book Websites – such as Shelfari, Goodreads, Whichbook, Librarything, Gnooks, TheStaffRecommends, GetGlue, Blippr, 22Books. (FREE!)+ Donate copies of your book to libraries and universities, or school libraries if a children’s book. Again, handwrite a note on the inside cover asking for the reader to rate your book and pass it along if they enjoyed it. ($5-8 per book print)+ Post business cards (with tape if needed – but don’t damage property!) EVERYWHERE a lot of people can see them: bus stops, tables at Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, mailboxes at apartment buildings, the checkout lanes at Target and Walmart, INSIDE SIMILAR BOOKS AT THE LOCAL LIBRARIES, on the shelves of your genre section at a large bookstore like Barnes and Noble (ask management if this is OK with them first), bulletin boards, grocery stores (usually have a bulletin board), doctor’s office waiting rooms (here you can leave copies of your book as well), movie theaters that feature a film in the same genre as your book(s). Get creative – but stick to places large numbers of people can see them, and display them prominently. ($10 for 250 cards, less expensive if you buy more)Note: I tried leaving business cards door-to-door in my neighborhood, used 380 cards, and only got 1 new “Like” on my Facebook. The other way above works better. Also, If using this strategy be sure to avoid places in which the books are on timed consignment. That is, the books they have are on the shelves for 3 months or so and then unsold copies are sent back to the publisher. These places include Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, KMart, Target, etc. If you choose to do it anyway, make sure you only place your card in 1 copy of each title.+ Make sure your cover looks good as a small icon. Remember that your book may appear on a list with several other books – and if your picture is a jumbled mess, nobody will click to learn more.+ Similarly, make sure your business card catches people’s attention. Plain cards tend to get filed or thrown out without a second look. Use an eye-catching picture on it (not necessarily of you) and consider printing something unique on the reverse side (an excerpt of a story, pictures, motivational words, etc.) – things that will entice people to keep the card on their desk at work or fridge at home.($10 for 500 cards)+ Monitor your online presence by opening an account on Yatedo. This website monitors search engines and is able to maximize searches by moving sites that are not relevant to you lower on the search results list. It also helps you monitor any negative websites that could affect your online reputation. (FREE)+ Sign up for Google Alerts ( This will send you an email whenever a new website or result pops up on Google, and will help you monitor websites that may be illegally selling your book (Thailand, China, and India are notorious destinations for this kind of thing). It also helps you to find if anyone has posted a review or anything about you online that is searchable immediately. (FREE)+ Get reviewed. There are numerous ways to do this – you can pay $400-550 at Kirkus Indie – but remember that they can review you negatively and will not issue a refund. Another, less expensive, option is Publishers Weekly’s PW Select, which costs $150. However, despite paying them, you may not get reviewed. What you pay for with them is consideration for review, not a review itself. ($150-550)+ Consider doing a book trailer. Many writers are doing this (James Patterson, Dan Brown), and it gives you the opportunity to tap into YouTube’s millions of users. Make sure you tag your video with commonly searchable terms (Coming Soon), plus some very specific terms (murder with knife). Do a search on YouTube to get an idea of what these look like. (FREE – 1000’s of dollars)+ Do a Press release and send it to local newspapers. This is quick, easy, and FREE. Many newspapers (and don’t forget the small-print ones, like your local municipality’s newsletter or paper). Newspapers need to fill pages, and sometimes news are just not there on a given day. Press releases are used to fill this space – but be sure you follow the proper format or they won’t even consider it. (FREE)+ Create an Amazon Author Page (author central). This adds credibility to your work and you as an author, in addition to getting you on search engine results. EVERYONE should do this, even if not published yet! (FREE)+ Create a Wikipedia article for yourself and/or your publishing company. This will take you some time to master, because you will need to cite sources before getting it approved and posted, but it will help get you in search engines and more. It also adds credibility to you as an author, since not many independent authors are on there. Again, don’t submit a bio you would put up on an Amazon Author Page. SPEND TIME ON IT. (FREE)+ Giveaways. These are powerful marketing tools. Make sure that the item you are giving away clearly identifies you and your product (book). One great and inexpensive option is stickers. I created stickers shaped like my latest book (cover) which has the title of my book and my name as the author. I purchased sheets of 24 on Vistaprint (if you place an order for business cards, they will offer these to you at a great discount – but order only 1 sheet – you’ll see why later). Once you complete your checkout process, Vistaprint will take you to their limited time offers page, with a clock that starts counting down from 10 minutes. When it reaches 0, the offers will no longer be available. This is where you will purchase more sheets of stickers at a fraction of the discounted price. For me, the first sheet cost me $5. After checkout, each sheet cost me $1.50. You can cut these up into individuals and ask the manager at ANY store (preferably a book store, though) if they would mind giving one away to each customer in their bag or whatever, and you can do this with branded pens, pencils, or whatever. Most managers will do it, because it looks like they’re the ones giving the customer the gift. ($1.50 -?)Remember that when you are a writer, you belong to the class of “creative types”. So, when it comes to marketing yourself or your work, why use that creativity? There are many options to get the word out about you or your work, and many of them are free. Now go out there and get famous!

Get Rid of Old Books

We all love reading books. Everyone has their own taste, some like history, some are fond of biographies, horror stories, love stories, comics, detective novels, war/crime related stories, motivational and inspirational books, and this list never ends. Apart from novels and stories, there are our course books as well. Mostly, we don’t like them and are just waiting for the semester to end so we can just put them away forever. With time, when we are having a huge collection of books, which we don’t study now, it creates a mess. It is difficult to arrange them and take care of them this is the time when we think of getting rid of old ones which may make space for new ones.Donating Books · Books can always be donated. It does not matter whether they are course books or any novels etc.· There are many sources which one can find online to donate books. There are communities and organizations working on donations. Often such books are given to underprivileged students and children.· Libraries also have sales each year. Most of the books in those sales are those which are donated by people belonging to different contexts· One just needs to be sure that they are in a good condition. If the books are stained and have torn or have any personal information, they are not acceptable· Thrift shops also have the service to take old books. These shops are often associated with some book stores and they find it easy to have some old books which are still in good to go condition· Another way to donate these books is to give them to the religious places, like Mosque, Church or Temple etc. These are the places which are often helping poor children and visited by people belonging to different status· Religious communities also keep those books which are related to the specific religion so one may read them when they go to pray to their sacred placesSell Them· Books can also be sold on sites like Amazon, Half and or eBay. Although they take 10-15% commission from the sales price and one should be aware of that· Course books and textbooks can be sold to the college/ university bookstore as well. If the books are not used for a long time and are neat, they can be sold at a very nice price· Junior students often need the books of senior students. One may sell them as well to those students who need them for their course.· There are different bookstores which keep used books. They sell them at a lower price than the market price. Books can be sold to them so they can use them for their earnings later on.Exchange/Trade of Books· Friends and family members often host a book swap game to exchange their books with others. Just be careful and do not end up exchanging more books than you can make space for· There are many websites which encourage the trade of old books for the new ones. One may just give them their old book and have a new one· Often we have friends who like reading books but can’t afford them. One can just give them to such a friend who loves booksOther Method· In case, the books are not is good condition and can’t be sold or exchanged there are other options as well.· One can make a treasure chest of such a book and cut half of the pages which make it seem like a hollow case. Small items can be put into it so that they are safe as younger siblings won’t know if there are sweets etc. hidden.