Guest Post: A Brief History of ASR, Automatic Speech Recognition

By Jason Kincaid This moment has been a long time coming. The technology behind speech recognition has been in development for over half a century, going through several periods of intense promise — and disappointment. So what changed to make ASR viable in commercial applications? And what exactly could these systems accomplish, long before any of us had …

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Guest Post: Why Instagram Stories Is A Big Plus For Businesses

By Alex Slichnyi Social media is one of the biggest trend-setters in the society today. Every day, millions of people all around the world log onto platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to keep themselves updated about various subjects. Instagram is perhaps the hottest social media platform right now. A staggering 300 million users visit …

For the Readers: A List of Sites, Tools, and Examples of Beautiful Works

More and more platforms are springing up to help both indie authors and readers looking for their next great read. One new platform that does just that is The Books Machine, which allows authors to gift their books to hundreds of thousands of readers, according to the website. Readers have 30 days to read the …

Books and Stories From the Past

Just for fun, for today's blog post I thought I'd share some interesting links about stories from the past. Coloring Books First up are a couple links about coloring books. Apparently, coloring books started out as meant for adults. According to Time, there are early coloring books from the 1600s that depict engraved maps, and …

Writers: Going the Traditional Publishing Route

Not all writers wants to go the indie route, which is understandable. Publishers have teams to help with editing, publicity and marketing, and distribution. And it's cool to be able to say, "XYZ published me." It's a tough route to go though. I have a few friends who have written manuscripts and are currently sending them …

A Roundup of History Lessons: Book Blurbs, Fairy Tales, Ebooks, and More

It's always fun to think about how things came to be. A couple weeks ago, I shared a bunch of links that looks at the present and predicts future trends. I think that understanding the past also helps us to better understand the present and look towards the future. With that in mind, there have …

The Overlap of Games and Books

Games and books have a lot in common, especially when it comes to the publishing process. There's also a lot of cool overlap. After all, most games have full narrative stories. And those stories are written by professional writers. Now, game writers can win a Nebula award, from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, …

Genres in Publishing

There's a lot going on in publishing. One really interesting thing to watch is what's happening in different genres. Usually, I think the term "genre" here refers to the big three: romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and maybe thriller/crime. But there's so much more to it. BookNet Canada has been studying popular genres and releasing reports. One report …

Guest Post: Social Commerce For Indie Authors

By Josh Wardini Regardless of whether you are writing about your own blog or as a freelancer, we recommend joining all social media platforms. Even if you don’t plan on using them right away. It’s also important in case you want to have a good username when you do decide to use a platform. But …