Congratulations to the 20 $150k Mission Main Street Grant Recipients

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Many of you supported my company Sunscribe in our quest to compete for a grant from Chase in their Mission Main Street program in October 2014. You waited patiently with us, counting down the days until January when the 20 winners would be announced.

Tis bittersweet news: We discovered today we are not a recipient of a $150,000 Mission Main Street Grant. Thank you again, to all our voters and supporters!

While we are sad we didn’t make it into the finale, we had a great run! Our team ran the race, chins to the wind, and now we are highly motivated for the next one.

We wish those businesses selected much success, and look forward to seeing many great things from these companies as 2015 unfolds. Full list posted on our website…

Roxie😉

Sunday Funny: Banana Peels and Hazardous Cats

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Have you heard of the Ig Nobel Prize? It is a competition, “For achievements that first make people LAUGH then make them THINK” and the 24th ceremony to honor the 2014 winners was held recently at Harvard.

Winners from two categories are worth mentioning: The Physics Prize and the Public Heath Prize. Just so you don’t lose the scope of science involved, I’ve pasted the descriptions. Enjoy!!

“PHYSICS PRIZE [JAPAN]: Kiyoshi Mabuchi, Kensei Tanaka, Daichi Uchijima and Rina Sakai, for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that’s on the floor.

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE [CZECH REPUBLIC, JAPAN, USA, INDIA]: Jaroslav Flegr, Jan Havlíček and Jitka Hanušova-Lindova, and to David Hanauer, Naren Ramakrishnan, Lisa Seyfried, for investigating whether it is mentally hazardous for a human being to own a cat.”

See all the categories and winners here…

OMG, if I knew science could have been this much fun…perhaps these scientists have secrets that are more telling than their experiments?

But wait, I own a cat, well, four, and hubs is a scientist. Hmmm?!

More Sunday Funnies…

Top Twos-Day: The Big ONE

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After a month-long break from Top Twos-Day, I’m back. Still analyzing and balancing time with tasks. But one thing’s for sure, the clock’s hands move forward!
And speaking of ahead, we at Sunscribe are excited to announce a way for you to participate in a unique prospect as we grow: help us secure a $150,000 grant from Chase.
Now before you reach for your wallet to verify we haven’t lifted it, let me give you the quick and dirty. Just a VOTE. That’s all we need.
You click on the link below, and voila! Up pops a voting button.
We applied for this grant because we see this opportunity to secure funding without debt for our traditional publishing model.
If you’re not familiar with Sunscribe, mosey on over to our website, here. But please find your way back to our Chase page and VOTE. You can only cast one ballot. Yes, only one!

Fine or not so fine print: Facebook users log in first. If you don’t have a FB account, unfortunately, you can’t vote. But hey, why not use this opportunity to open a facebook account?

Here’s the link, go ahead, mouse over it, and press. Let us know you support us as we partner with writers.

vote for sunscribe
Shameless plug brought to you by Roxie Hanna, publisher of Sunscribe.
Miss a previous Top Twos-Day? Read on…

Top Twos-Day: Survey shows!

We collected “Suns” with social connections and posted them on our banner!

In the same way children stick out their tongue, Amazon poked the French government, who a few weeks prior, ruled that Amazon’s free shipping and discounts were now illegal. The nah, nah, na boo-boo, I’m better than you-ooo response from Amazon, just a mere 0.01 Euro for shipping. According to MHP books.com, “This law, regardless of effectiveness, is unlikely to be the last time France’s government takes a swing at Amazon. The Seattle corporation bases their European unit in Luxembourg, which allows them to circumvent the tax laws of the countries where they’re actually sending products.” Read more…

Perhaps they should get the Facebook cop after them? Oh yes, folks are giving thumbs up to Facebook as news hits of the police substation support and benefits/salary of an officer in California. Controversial? You bet! “That raises some potential conflicts that, if I was the chief, I am not sure I’d want to wrestle with,” Geoffrey Alpert, a criminal-justice professor at University of South Carolina, told the Wall Street Journal. “What do you tell your officers about how to treat people who work at Facebook?” Full story…

The Guardian is reporting on a news story about authors not able to sustain themselves on what they’re paid. Wait, don’t we already know that? Citing European numbers, “…the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society released a survey of almost 2,500 writers which found that the median income of a professional author last year was £11,000, down 29% since 2005 – a period in which median earnings for UK employees have fallen by 8%.   By this year, according to the survey, just 11.5% of professional authors said they earned their income from writing alone, compared with 40% in 2005.” The article, “Traditional publishing is ‘no longer fair or sustainable’, says Society of Authors,” affirms professional writer’s salary decline. Finish reading…

My two cents: Are the publishers really making all the money? Standing on this side of the aisle, I know firsthand the costs of operating a publishing company. When I take a step back, toss on my writing cap and file in among my friends, I am reminded of the causes: no-cost web content, decline of edited writing, everybody-is-an-expert competition, etc. Granted, we have a great deal to complain about, but when will we writers and publishers take action? And are things too far gone for us to change, really change?

I’m taking steps, yes, albeit small, as in small publisher, forward to be an effective change. Adding a third bit of news, (gosh I do this often) Sunscribe’s first conference is under our belt. Last Saturday, right here where we began, we sponsored the Rock Hill chapter’s South Carolina Writer’s Workshop one day chapter event. And had a blast! More importantly, we connected, encouraged and discovered more writers, editors, and illustrators! If you’re interested in more pics, pop over to the website: Sunscribe.net .

More Top Twos-Days…

Sunday Funny: Communication is Key?

Ok, so you have a job to do. How do you know when you’ve got it right? Um, probably when you see it wrong!

corn

forks

staircase

stop

one job

criminal

 

I hope your work week will be filled with people who are experts at their jobs😉 .

More Sunday Funnies…

Top Twos-Day: Gobble Gobble!

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I couldn’t decide on which two unique sites to share, so, I included both:

Stumblary – a way to discover new reads, one quote at a time. Book teasers found here.

IndieBound – if you aren’t familiar with this awesome place for independent books stores to unite, catch the latest campaign: author’s will be selling and signing this Small Business Saturday. Details… Don’t forget to shop small!

Then there’s Whispersync. Are you familiar with the term? Oh, betchya know Amazon! Discover what’s next for this forward thinking company. No, I can’t trash them, they’re solving problems and making money. The American way, right? Two opinions about Amazon, one positive, one negative…you are entitled to an opinion, too!

Gosh, this could be a Top Threes-Day!  ;)

namaste,

Roxie

The Independent Publishing Magazine: 12 Things Traditionally Published Authors Might Say To Self-Published Authors

three for three…read on!

The Independent Publishing Magazine: 12 Things Traditionally Published Authors Might Say To Self-Published Authors.

1.  “Tut, tut, my friend. Money must flow to the author.”
2.  “Oh dear. You mean your book wasn’t published by a real publisher.”
3.  “Well, you know, rejection is part of being an author. We must all first suffer for our art before we succeed.”

MORE…

special thanks to The Independent Publishing Magazine

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