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Should one be able to leave anonymous book reviews?

Started by Renee Robinson in Literature Talk. Last reply by Renee Robinson yesterday. 2 Replies

 Obviously, one who makes threats is a bully and potentially dangerous. There are the book Nazis who enjoy leaving nasty reviews just for the "fun" of it. Perhaps they have not even read the book. These are the ones who leave vague comments, things like "This book is terrible and I can't believe it was ever published."...Comments such as these, I tend to blow-off. My reason is because I doubt this person ever read the book when there are no detailed comments. I believe a good reviewer also…Continue

Tags: nazis, anonymous, bullies, publishing, reviews

Message from Phoebe Seiders (Speaker on Behalf of Jeff Bezos of Amazon)

Started by Roman Payne in Business of Writing and Art. Last reply by Dr. Irving A Greenfield yesterday. 10 Replies

Members,This is very interesting!  A glimpse into how Amazon works...I wrote to Jeff Bezos' spokesperson, Phoebe Seiders,to explain the petition that has been flooding her inbox with signers' comments.   My email to her is in Dark Red, and you can scroll down past it to read hers if you're in a hurry, which is in Dark Blue.  Your comments on this discussion page will be most valuable to me.Yours,Roman +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++Dear Phoebe,You may have been…Continue

I AM NO JESUS AND OTHER SELECTED POEMS, TANKA AND HAIKU

Started by Ram Krishna Singh in Business of Writing and Art on Wednesday. 0 Replies

May I share with you my new collection of poems, I AM NO JESUS AND OTHER SELECTED POEMS, TANKA AND HAIKU, recently published from Romania. The book may be viewed/read on: http://issuu.com/kirim-tatar-kitaplari/docs/i_am_no_jesus?e=2254043/7342469 It is also available from amazon.com:…Continue

Tags: English, poetry, Indian, Haiku, Tanka

It will only take seven of you to change the way Amazon treats authors!

Started by Roman Payne in Business of Writing and Art. Last reply by Michael Powers on Tuesday. 1 Reply

It will only take seven of you to change the way Amazon treats authors!93 People have signed.7 Signatures are needed to make the campaign official.Please read my petition and if you agree, please sign it, share it, get your friends and family members to sign, and consider sharing it on your social networks.Here is the petition: …Continue

CulturalBook is an effective voice in the world of literature, culture, and art!

Started by Roman Payne in Business of Writing and Art. Last reply by Arlene Radasky on Monday. 7 Replies

As I write this, 43 CB Members have signed *this petition*, which means 43 emails have been sent from CB members directly to the personal email account of an Amazon Executive (Phoebe Seiders, Executive of Customer Relations, Amazon.com)......Only 57 signatures are needed before this petition is officially valid as a "class movement" requesting change…Continue

From The CulturalBook Staff: Please Sign Your Name To Help Authors Everywhere

Started by Hem of CulturalBook in Business of Writing and Art. Last reply by Rebecca Vance on Saturday. 1 Reply

Roman's Book was unfairly banned from the general search engine.  He is not looking for money or personal compensation through his petition, he created it so that authors everywhere, from now on, will be able to choose how their precious books are advertised to the public.…Continue

Give Me a Reason to Visit

Started by Michael Powers in Culture and Society. Last reply by Arthur Telling Apr 12. 3 Replies

With the myriad cultures and locales overlapping here on Cultural Book, I was thinking it might be interesting to share something about each of our specific neighborhoods that make them worth visiting. I’m not necessarily looking for a tourism brochure; more to the point, I want to know what it is about where you live that makes you, personally, embrace the area.I, for one, live in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota; the younger “Twin” to Minnesota’s state capitol, Saint Paul. I’m not…Continue

Help Protect Authors from Copyright Infringement in 30 Seconds

Started by Roman Payne in Business of Writing and Art. Last reply by Thomas Williamson Apr 12. 7 Replies

Dear Members,This is a movement to give authors freedom: not only from copyright infringement, but from censorship and misrepresentation.  One of many examples concerning Amazon and myself...My Book, "The Wanderess," was written entirely by myself.  Yet Amazon has it listed as co-authored by some person named "Beverly Boissery" on ALL of their international sites: Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca, Amazon.de, etc. …Continue

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Craftastic Crochet!

Posted by Terri Vega - T. Drew on April 18, 2014 at 6:36pm 0 Comments

Photo Credit - K. Whiteford

Yes! I know there has to be people out there who get just as excited as I do when it comes to crafting. For me, the bug hits hardest when the craft is crochet. Don’t get me wrong, I love to sew and I get…

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I am a Great & Tortured Poet

Posted by Lee Crase on April 17, 2014 at 3:54pm 0 Comments

I am a great & tortured Poet.

Not because I love dogs,

no,

I’d prefer nothing shit where I sleep

without invitation or flushing.

I am a great & tortured Poet

because Poets leap to see

with the eyes of God,

even as our eyesight is born of slugs.

Torture is is knowing desire,

without having hands to grasp,

without legs to climb,

or without tongue

to moisten dry teeth.

I am a great & tortured Poet…

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Courage

Posted by florence clark on April 16, 2014 at 4:22am 1 Comment

 I finally found the

COURAGE

to post a poem on-line. 

On a site called Hello Poetry

I took a leap of faith

and, throwing caution to the winds

I shared my heart.

Why did I never try opening up…

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Feather In The Wind

Posted by Renee Robinson on April 14, 2014 at 2:46am 0 Comments

Feather In The Wind

I am a ring in a tree. A leaf in the forest. A footprint in the sand.

I am a musical note floating in the air,

Drifting up to my place. To a magical land.

I am the call of a lion. A feather in the wind.

A star in the sky

We are miracles. with a purpose

A pigment in God’s eye

Spiritual beings…

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Craftastic Crochet!

Photo Credit - K. WhitefordYes! I know there has to be people out there who get just as excited as I do when it comes to crafting. For me, the bug hits hardest when the craft is crochet. Don’t get me wrong, I love to sew and I get bitten by that bug almost as hard. But, I think my heart lies truly with crochet. It’s a very forgiving craft and I love that about it. If something isn’t turning out the way you planned you unravel it and start over, or ditch the project completely and use the yarn for something else. You can’t necessarily do that with sewing. I mean, if you make a mistake cutting the fabric, ouch! It’s all over but the crying, you know? Sure, you can repurpose items but it just doesn’t feel the same to me. I learned how to crochet when I was a young teen and I didn’t sew until I…See More
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I am a great & tortured Poet. Not because I love dogs, no,I’d prefer nothing shit where I sleepwithout invitation or flushing.I am a great & tortured Poet because Poets leap to see with the eyes of God,even as our eyesight is born of slugs.Torture is is knowing desire, without having hands to grasp, without legs to climb,or without tongueto moisten dry teeth.I am a great & tortured Poet because God is the type of father who shows me what I can not see,makes me touch what I can not feel,feeds me what I can not taste,scents the breeze with flowersI can not smell,and sings lullabies I can not hear.I am a great & tortured Poet because no one is brave enough to mock the verses of angels.©fo17IV Mayakovsky’s BoatSee More
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