Tag Archives: writing

Ebook news digest: mind shifting and social media for writers, tools and kits for travel writers

2017-04-01

News on books, publishing, and writing April 1st, 2017

Tavira, Portugal: a non-digital nomad in a park

Writing and Publishing Resources for Independent Authors
(Kate M. Colby)

An author herself, Kate M. Colby has collected a valuable list of resources for authors: books, blogs and podcasts to help writers in all aspects of their mission.

Interview – Davide Vadalà (Travel blog: Nomad Travellers)
(A Brit and a Southerner)

Many digital nomads, travel photographers, road travelers, hikers, globe-trotteres, and people who simply love to travel publish a travel blog where their journeys can be followed. Here is travel blogger Davide Vadala’s story.

Every Writer Needs an Editor, Especially if that Writer is Also an Editor
(Publisher’s Weekly)

The editorial director of a writing magazine discusses the difficulty of taking her own advice. Yes, the editing process can be painful for some writers, but the world needs editors who can turn manuscripts into readable, successful books.

10 of the best tools for remote working
(Creative Boom)

This is a good article for identifying online tools for remote workers, but online tools are not enough for traveling professionals. You will fail if you trust on online tools alone. This article outlines the importance of offline tools and recommends key apps and services.

Preparing Your Mind for Writing: How to Make the Shift
(Writer’s Digest)

Author William Kenower has realized that his mind has to shift to a specific mental state before he can write. Some writers talk about flow, words just appearing into the manuscript from subconscious, and descriptions of many other ways as writing really goes well. Well, welcome, mind shifters.

The Ultimate Digital Nomad Packing List 2017
(The Broke Backpacker)

The Broke Backpacker, we salute you! This is probably the first blog post that really says what it means to be more or less constantly on the move. The backpacker has also learned the value of offline tools, like Maps.me, which has perhaps been the most important app for us on the road.

Social Media for Authors: Get Social To Get Published
(Devumi)

Many tools and services introduced in the article are familiar for most writers, but the trick is how the writers are using those tools. Are they advancing his or her writing career? Of course, mastering social media is not the only thing publishers may expect from writers, but one important aspect of marketing.

The most read article in March 2017 at Klaava.com was about photography and travel in northern Europe.

Ebook news digest: travel blogging vs writing, publishing vs self-publishing, best travel camera

2017-02-26

Ebook news digest February 26, 2017

digital nomad working at a terrace near fruit farms of Murcia
Published Author Book Writing Tips
(Heidi Cohen)

Heidi Cohen has compiled the best book writing tips from successful authors into this article. If there is one thing that caught my eye in these valuable tips, it was the fact that so many authors emphasized two things: ensure you have a clear message or goal for your book and start marketing instantly when you know that you are going to get the book published (one way or the other).

Best Travel Camera 2017
(Mel365.com)

Many travel writers (and writers of other genres) take their own photos for their articles and books nowadays. Writers may not want to dive deep into mysteries of photography technology, but capture moments, facts and sceneries with decent equipment. What is the best camera for travelers is the question that the long article answers in many ways.

Pros And Cons Of Traditional Publishing vs Self-Publishing
(The Creative Penn)

Joanna Penn’s article on traditional publishing and self-publishing is almost like “Everything you ever wanted to know about book publishing” in one article. An excellent article to read, even if you already have published a book. I would categorize Klaava Media as a hybrid publisher, because we take every author and ebook as an individual project and tailor the co-operation with the author accordingly.

Ask a Digital Nomad: How Do You Choose Where to Go Next?
(The Ramble)

Digital nomads who have traveled and work for a year or more talk about the places they like to stay. How do they choose their destinations, why and how long do they stay in one place? Many nomads agree that moving too often is not the best way to go, but where they go is a surprisingly wide and open field. I am waiting for the moment when a digital nomad says he or she has spent a winter in Lapland.

3 Big Differences Between Travel Writing and Travel Blogging
(Travel Blog Success)

This article gives plenty of insight on the freedom of blogging and on the realities when working for someone else. That’s the fundamental difference, and truly understanding it will save many writers from a lot of agony.

Ebooks news digest: nonfiction writing prompts, best photos of 2016, breakthrough of remote work

2017-01-01

Ebook news digest January 1, 2017

laptop on table with papers and pen
Plan Your Year: Nonfiction Writing Prompt #52
(Write Nonfiction Now!)

Writing a nonfiction book or article requires planning. Often, the hard part is to decide what to include and what to exclude, even though sometimes, a writer has already processed it at the back of his or her mind before the actual writing starts. The article has many other good tips for writers.

Best Photos of 2016
(National Geographic)

A gallery of National Geographic’s 52 best images of 2016. It was curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs. Amazing images – if someone can afford to take more than two million frames, some of them better be really good.

Get to the point! Avoid these words and keep readers happy
(Articulate)

An excellent list of today’s hype words that are forgotten tomorrow. Avoid them and avoid yesterday’s empty phrases as well, such as “don’t get me wrong”, “fast forward to…”, “like … on steroids”.

What Does a Literary Agent Want to See When They Google You?
(The Write Life)

Yes, literary agents will search you on the Internet. The interesting thing is what they are looking for. An agent is not required in many countries outside the U.S., but writers can approach publishers directly. Many publishers have instructions for book proposals on their web pages. Nonetheless, the publishers are more than likely to do the same as agents do: Google the writer. More in this article.

The number of news stories on digital nomads in news sources was so high this time that I decided to list a few articles about the topic alone (it looks like remote work and digital nomad concepts have been discovered by major media companies now):

Why I quit Yahoo and Gmail when I started traveling (Klaava)

Figuring out “Remote Work” Is Figuring out “Work” (Accidentally in Code)

100 Little Things That Happen When You Become a Digital Nomad (The Sweetest Way)

6 Difficult Countries to Be a Digital Nomad (The Nomad Guru)

The 10 Best Cities for Digital Nomads (TransferWise)

Ebooks news digest: dealing with a big publisher, writers conferences, tips from Hemingway

2016-12-21

Ebook news digest December 21, 2017

book conference, frankfurt, publishing perspectives
Why I still won’t review for or publish with Elsevier–and think you shouldn’t either
(Tal Yarkoni)

Scientific publishing is a vast business sector within the publishing industry. The biggest publisher of the sector is Elsevier that has been often accused of acting like a monopoly. Tal Yarkoni highlights so many issues with Elsevier that it is almost scary. In many countries, published authors can join an association (non-fiction and fiction may have separate associations) that can represent authors when they feel they have been mistreated by publishers. In many European countries, associations employ intellectual property rights/copyright lawyers who know how to deal with often complex cases. Tal Yarkoni’s strategy, however, is crowdsourcing: using the power of the scientific community to pressure the publisher.

Which Writers’ Conferences are the Best to Attend?
(The Write Life)

An introduction to writers’ conferences in the U.S in 2017. Whatever the conference, it is good for a writer to occasionally mingle in real life among real people and talk – not just write.

My 5 Top Complaints about Being a Digital Nomad
(Julie Ewald)

If an article or a book manuscript includes the phrase “don’t get me wrong” or even worse, it starts with that useless phrase, it is not a good sign about the quality of the story. Julie Ewald’s blog post, however, features so much valuable practical information for traveling digital workers that it makes an exception. Read the article if you are planning to hit the road with a laptop.

Hemingway’s Advice on Writing, Ambition, the Art of Revision, and His Reading List of Essential Books for Aspiring Writers

(brainpickings)

Hemingway was a strong character who had his own ways of enjoying his success. A Norwegian youngster managed to make friends with Hemingway. The master himself gave the young man writing advice that was later published in the book With Hemingway: A Year in Key West and Cuba. The article highlights some of Hemingway’s tips from the book and shares the background for what happened.

Gift Guide: Books Most Recommended By FORBES In 2016
(Forbes)

Business magazine Forbes recommends both nonfiction and fiction books as gifts for 2016 season. Ebooks can be gifted by purchasing a gift card to an online bookstore. First, you buy the gift card from an online store. Then, you give it as a gift to someone. When the person who got the gift wants to enjoy it, he or she logs in to the same bookstore, finds a book, and enters the code printed on the gift card instead of paying for the book.

Here is our recommended book list.

Ebook news digest: co-authoring tips, Estonia citizenship for nomads, websites for writers

2016-12-06

Ebook news digest: December 6th, 2016

Smiling woman holding books
10 Great Tips on How to Write a Book With a Co-author
(Writer’s Digest)

Many travel guidebooks, non-fiction books, textbooks, and scientific publications are written by more than one author. A collection of articles is relatively easy to compile into a book if you compare it to a real book that reads like it was written by one author. The really difficult thing in multi-author projects is to get the writers’ team truly to co-operate and collaborate. Christopher Mari and Jeremy K. Brown know what they are talking about when they list 10 tips for co-authoring a book. My favorite tip: editing other writers output (acknowledging that someone will edit yours).

Why are so many digital nomads becoming “e-Residents” of Estonia?
(LeapIn Blog)

Estonia is a small country on the shores of the Baltic Sea, located between Russia and Latvia. The capital Tallin has one of the most beatiful medieval old towns you can find in Europe. In 1991, when the nation managed to separate itself from Russia, it started building its telecommunications infrastructure from scratch. The leaders of the country were and still are very modern people who realized high tech is the way go for a small nation. Many innovative digital services have been developed (for instance, Skype) in Estonia. One of the latest is e-citizenship. Practically anyone can become a digital citizen of Estonia.

The 100 Best Websites for Writers in 2016
(The Write Life)

No one really needs 100 websites to start writing a book, but if you can find even two or three sites that help you, it has been worth the time to check out all the listed web pages. Most of the listed web sites provide tools and advice for writers who are starting out their pursuit of independent work. That’s when you need help the most – published authors have usually learned the tricks of the trade during the years. One more web site for writers: travel writers and photographers who want to publish a book, read this.

Meet the photographer taking stunning drone images from around the world
(Brisbane Times)

Amos Chapple is a travel photographer, but not one who is going from place to place with a large SLR camera hanging from his neck. He is a travel photographer who uses drones to take pictures from an angle that has been unavailable for photographers until recently. He got a dream gig from Unesco that hired him to travel and photograph on a drone World Heritage Sites. He has plenty of insight on what travel photography really is all about.

European Union lifts the VAT burden on ebooks
(roger packer)

EU has been consistent with its VAT policy: printed books have a low VAT, and ebooks have a high VAT because digital media products are services. Luxembourg and France have fought this principle and lowered the VAT for ebooks, but EU told them it is not allowed. Finally, all the necessary steps have been taken in the EU, and the VAT for ebooks can be set as low as it is for paper books. The new regulation will become effective in 2017.

Ebook news digest: tools for writers, amazing travel photography, experiences of a business nomad

2016-11-09

Ebook news digest November 9, 2016

woman drinking coffee, thinking what to write
Top 10 Tools To Develop Your Novel Writing Skills (Lifehacker)

Every author has his or her favorite tools, but a good author never stops looking for better tools that can make the work faster, easier or more efficient. The article features some good tips that we never thought of, but we would like to add a couple of tips of our own: a voice recorder, mobile data access and a camera. They help you get something done when an inspiration strikes.

Top 27 Travel Photos in the 2016 SIPA Contest Out of 50K Entries (Resource Travel)

The Siena International Photo Awards (SIPA) is an international photography contest for professional and amateur photographers. SIPA claims to have the “highest international participation,” with nearly 50,000 images from photographers in 130 countries. There are many big photography contests with great prizes and great winning images, but as far as travel photography is concerned, the selection of travel photos presented in this article is absolutely magnificent.

Understanding How To Thrive As A Digital Nomad (Uproxx)

Real experiences from a digital nomad who is running a business with his partners and traveling the world. Naturally, they are not constantly on the road, but stay in one place for months, at least. As it happens, these nomads are running a travel-related business Triphappy. In any case, the article features tips and information from a digital nomad that has really experienced the nomad life.

Travel Tips: How To Turn Snaps From Your Smartphone Into Terrific Travel Photography (Travelers Today)

What do you see in the vicinity of a globally renowned sight, like Pisa, Eiffel or Big Ben? Lots of smartphones, tablets and cameras raised at eye level, taking pictures. The article highlights a few very simple tips how to improve your travel photos. We would like to add one tip: be quick to take advantage of a moment. The moment can be anything: a boy on a skateboard with Eiffel tower as the background, or an old lady walking along a narrow alley in the old town of Nice.

PayPal study finds two-thirds of eBook buyers prefer format for price and convenience (Talking New Media)

PayPal has conducted a survey where the payment company asked consumers of digital products about their behavior and reasons for their behavior. The survey focused on ebooks and games. We are not convinced that it makes sense to compare ebook buying behavior against digital game purchases, but that’s what the report does. Nonetheless, you may find valuable nuggets of data from the report. The survey was conducted in a number of major markets across the world.

Ebook news digest: writing tips, movie industry shows example, the business of writing

2016-11-01

Ebook news digest November 1, 2016

tavira, a non-digital nomad in a park
Is Writing For Free Ever OK? There’s A Fine Line Between Exposure And Exploitation (Bustle)

Today, it is easier to publish a book or an article than ever before. Tomorrow, it is going to be even easier than today. Ebook publishers, online news and magazines, blogs, self-publishing services and social media provide everyone a channel to publish. Naturally, a channel is more prestigious than other one. That’s when it gets complicated. If you want to publish in a respected channel, you have to know what you are doing.

How the Film Industry Could Change Book Publishing (Digital Book World)

Digital media is profoundly changing book business – only the pace of change is the difficult factor that no one can predict. As the article argues, the world of books has been slower to adopt new technologies than music or movie businesses. Still, book subscription services and audiobook services are something new in publishing. Lessons from movie industry could benefit book publishing because movie studios have finetuned release timing to perfection in order to maximize revenues from one product.

Here’s Why You Never Get Around To Writing That Book (Huffington Post)

If you have never written a book, you probably think that you can’t do it. Either your writing isn’t good enough, or there is too much work, or no one is interested in the result. In her article Cheryl Muir says: “So if there is a story burning inside of you, write it.” We believe writing is a skill that can be learned and the more you write, the better you get.

Windows 10 Tutorials ebook available for free through Nov. 3 (Windows Central)

Especially those PC users who start using Windows 10 right after Windows 7, may be surprised how different everything is. The desktop is different, the menus, the toolbars … well, everything. Windows 10 is a major overhaul of the Windows operating system, but for the better. Apple Mac OSX (MacOS Sierra) users can only envy the modern new Windows. Even writers will eventually move to new Windows (unless they are stuck with a Mac or Linux computer). A free Windows 10 ebook tutorial is available for download until November 3rd via a link in the article.

How to write a cover letter people will actually read (The New York Times)

The article discusses cover letters written specifically for job applications, but the tips are valid for any letter, report, message that you want the recipient read and perhaps re-read. Although templates are available for any type of letters, and it is vital to know what elements a good message must include, the thing is to be noticed. And it requires personal touch.

Ebook news digest: ever-important editing, ebooks from grocery store, tools for digital nomads

2016-10-19

Ebook news digest October 19, 2016

aldi logo on bag, tablet
As American editors sharpen their pencils, some advice on writing short (Poynter)

We still have great difficulties in understanding how Stieg Larsson’s mega-successful Millennium series books escaped the publishing editor’s wordprocessor. There is a lot of meaningless writing in those books, although the excitement always returns, and again is a pleasure to read. Books and articles usually improve when an experienced editor reviews them. Poynter has some good tips on how you can review your own writing.

Aldi starts e-book service in Germany (Ecommerce News)

Aldi is a large grocery store chain that has expanded from its home market Germany to many other European countries, Australia and to the US. The store concept gives shopppers a simple, no-frills, almost warehouse-like feeling. But the prices at Aldi stores tend to be very competitive. In Germany, Aldi already has a digital music subscription service, and it is now expanding its service selection to ebooks as well. Aldi will offer one million ebook titles in Germany on October 20th. A 7-inch Medion tablet for 129 euros is marketed as well by Aldi.

The best apps and tools for digital nomads (BestTechie)

Not everyone, but many digital nomads are entrepreneurs or freelancers who run their own businesses. Being a nomad means moving from one place to another a few times a year, or even monthly. Time is the most precious resource for a freelancer, and that’s why most of them have understood the importance of having the best tools for the job. Tools for time management, budget management, travel management and even relationship management are valuable. BestTechie’s article has listed a few key apps for digital nomads, but if you want more, see this article.

10 Writing Prompts To Get You Started On Your Next Manuscript (Bustle)

Writing is a creative process – although Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts say that soon machines can write news reports that are as good as humans usually write. Nonetheless, writing starts from an idea about the theme. What to write, from which angle, and what is the message? Bustle introduces 10 prompts to get started on a manuscript, but we would like to recommend them for article writing instead. Writing a book is such a large project that authors think, re-think, and review several times the ideas and concepts what the book will be about. If you have a plan for a non-fiction book, maybe we can help you to take the next step.

Bus driver caught using e-reader on the job (CTV News)

Talking or texting on a mobile phone while driving is not news anymore, but it still is a dangerous thing to do behind the wheel. When a driver is caught reading an ebook on an ereader, that’s news. Even more so because the driver was the chauffeur of a bus full of people. A passenger discovered the bus driver’s reading habit and took a photo to prove it. We have a question to the police: would it be all right for the bus driver to listen to audiobooks while driving?

News report on the bus driver’s ebook reading habit:

Ebook news digest: the unbreakable rule in writing, YouTube stars as authors, learning about privacy

2016-09-29

Ebook news digest September 29, 2016

woman leaning on pile of books
The One Unbreakable Rule in Business Writing (Harvard Business Review)

You’ll have to read the article to find the answer, because the reason we wanted to feature this story is that it presents three valuable questions that every nonfiction author must be able to answer. If you are planning to write a nonfiction book, can you answer these simple questions: Why are you writing this? What audience do you want to reach? Why will they care? If you can, and you are planning a book on travel, culture, history, technology or business, we publish books in these genres.

Top Tips From 5 Digital Nomads (Fox News)

Realistic tips from nomads who seem to have experience and knowledge of what they are talking about. Nomad life is for people who know what they are doing and have the willpower and skills to do it.

The age of self: the strange story of how YouTubers saved publishing (New Statesman)

The generation that grew up watching YouTube regards it perfectly normal and even exciting to to follow someone else play videogames on YouTube. That’s only one popular video genre, others are, for instance makeup tips, pranks or fashion talk. Some book publishers have leveraged the brand power of the most popular YouTube stars and produced books that, at least, have names of YouTubers under the titles. Some publishing experts believe YouTube will save books, but we must wonder: if the brand value of YouTube stars is so great, why haven’t Hollywood or music industry endorsed them?

We Asked Our Favorite Travel Photographers How To Take Better Pictures On The Road (Uproxx)

This article gives plenty of valuable tips for travel photographers and writers who take photos for their own books. First, you should master the mechanics and basic techniques for framing images, since most of these tips are inspirational and travel- or people-related.

Why I am publishing all my private emails, messages and phone calls to the internet in real time (The Telegraph)

A journalist worried about the disappearance of privay is conducting a fascinating experiment. First, he gave away his password to all online services to anyone who wanted them (there is still someone using his original Twitter account). Then, he tried to stay anonymous by using encryption technologies, pre-paid phones and avoiding revealing his location. Both methods had serious shortcomings to his personal and professional life, so he tried yet another approach: he publishes everything he does to the Internet.

Ebook news digest: improve your writing, become a Kindle master, avoid these travel photo mistakes

2016-08-01

Ebook news digest August 1, 2016

tablet, old man reading by Kat Northern Lights Man

Man reading on a tablet at a restaurant by Kat Northern Lights Man


The importance of dissatisfaction to writing (The Irish Times)

Every writer has his or her own motivation for writing. It is lonely work that tends to continue in the author’s head even after the day’s work has been completed. It is also one of the most independent professions on earth: usually the writer can decide what he does and when. Every professional writer constantly tries to improve his output. Author Michael Grothaus argues that “dissatisfaction is a writer’s most vital resource”.

7 Travel Photography Mistakes to Avoid (Digital Photography School)

All travelers, digital nomads and tourists who haven’t given a second thought to image composition but who want to develop their photography skills in order to publish a blog or an Instagram image feed should ensure that they are aware of the seven sins Kav Dafdar so carefully explains in his article.

10 Tricks To Make Yourself A Kindle Master (Gizmodo)

Sure, we have been using a Kindle ereader (actually, a number of different models) for years, but didn’t know many of the tricks David Nield shows in his article. Our favorite tips? 8 (how take a screen shot of Kindle display) and 9 (sending documents to Kindle).

What I Learned By Writing 500 LinkedIn Articles (Forbes)

A writer who discovered a perfect way of making use of his skills. He used his creative writing skills to get more business on professional networking service LinkedIn. Smart, and reminds us how many ways there are for writers to benefit from their skill.

Which Font Should I Use On My Kindle? (Fast Co. Design)

For some people – especially for graphic designers – fonts can be a passion. For an average reader or writer, fonts are a thing that they don’t take notice at all until something goes wrong. It actually is worth spending a little time on exploring the font selection on your ereader or tablet. As experts in this article argue, the best font is the one you like the best, but quite often it happens to be Georgia or Palatino.

Do you want your non-fiction book published?

Ebook news digest: exciting new travel cameras, mobile security, history of writing tools

2016-07-08

Ebook News Digest July 8th, 2016

freewrite typewriter, word processor, woman
This Pocketable Camera Gear Will Change the Way You Take Travel Photos (The Wall Street Journal)

Wall Street Journal’s traveling reporter tests three new small cameras that are designed to change the way you photograph. The reviewed cameras are the LG 360 CAM (a 360 degree camera that can shoot photos and video), Narrative Clip 2 (a tiny camera that can document everything you see), and Moment (a set of lenses for the iPhone).

Executive’s guide to mobile security (free ebook) (Zdnet)

Scary news of a new virus that can invade Android-powered phones and tablets is the latest proof that all Internet-connected computing devices must always be protected from malware. If your phone doesn’t work, you have lost a camera, and if your tablet doesn’t work, you have lost a valuable writing and reading platform. Zdnet wants you email address, but you get a free ebook download.

How to Write a History of Writing Software (The Atlantic)

First, a mechanical typewriter was invented to help writers write, and a century later, computers were equipped with word processing software. Science fiction writers were among the first to adopt modern technology because they realized it made them more productive. Fascinating stories on the history of writing.

Auroras Make Weird Noises, and Now We Know Why (National Geographic)

Many people who have seen a strong display of the Northern Lights claim that the lights made sounds. So far, science hasn’t been sure if that is really the case, but now a group of Finnish researchers believe they have discovered that the sounds are real and what causes them. Once you have read about the sounds, here is a guide to finding, viewing and photographing the Northern Lights.

National Geographic travel photography contest winners unveiled (BBC)

An image of a horseman in Inner Mongolia wins first place in this year’s National Geographic travel photography contest. View the amazing winning photos – our favorite: the Chinese school dormitory. More travel photography from Klaava Media here.

Ebook news digest: ereader reviews, drone photography for travelers, writing tips from an author, imprint explained

2016-06-22

Ebook news digest June 22th, 2016

apple ipad pro 9.7 smart keyboard
Why are there so many new publishing imprints? (The Guardian)

* So what is an imprint, and why are there suddenly so many more of them? The simple answer is that they are subdivisions of bigger publishers. Sometimes, they come about through takeovers and sometimes they are startups.

10 Travel Photography Tips (Julia Trotti)

* Excellent, proven tips. The only point we encourage travelers to reconsider is how many cameras to take along – with a high-end smartphone you can take excellent photos (and videos), and a waterproof camera is a practical choice in some destinations.

Ebook Readers: The 5 Best Models You Can Buy (Gear & Style CheatSheet)

* Yes, the Amazon Kindle is a very good ereader, but Kobo and Onyx models are good choices as well.

‘I write first thing, when I can suspend disbelief in the act of making things up’ (Will Self)

* It is valuable for a writer to learn from other writers. Will Self makes the point of writing a specific amount of text (a Conrad) in the morning before he does anything else. It works for some authors, whereas others may prefer to do other things in the morning and plan what to write in the afternoon.

High times: the rise of drone photography (The Guardian)

* Photos and video clips shot from drones are one of the fastest growing types of images on Instagram. A new profession: drone operators who travel to shoot images for brands.

Non-fiction ebooks for your smartphone, tablet, ereader or PC: download here.