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Jim Cox Report: February 2022

Dear Publisher Folk, Friends & Family:

This month I want to recommended that all authors, publishers, and publicists click on one particular and specific internet link:

This will enable you to visit website articles and resources on vital and thematically relevant subjects to authors and publishers including:

1. The Writers View of Publishing
2. Author Scams and Publishing Companies to Avoid
3. The Best Self-Publishing Services. (And the Worst). Rated by ALLi
4. An Insider's View of the Publishing Business
5. There Are Book Publishers To Avoid And Nasty New Author Scams
6. List Of Writing Groups By State Or Region

Then there is my own little contribution:

How to Spot a Phony Book Reviewer

Now here is a review of a book that is of particular and special interest to writers and publishers:

Supply Chain 20/20
Kim Staflund
Polished Publishing Group
9781988971490, $30.00, PB, 284pp

Synopsis: There is no better description of the origin and purpose of Supply Chain 20/20: A Clear View on the Local Multiplier Effect for Book Lovers" than that given by its author, Kim Staflund. She writes:

In 2018 and 2019, I was blogging, email marketing, and publishing books regularly. My Amazon author ranking was rising each month. I was confidently on my way to joining the ranks of the Amanda Hockings and Mark Dawsons of this world, all while helping other authors accomplish the same.

Then I was sucker punched in early 2020, along with so many others, when our governments announced a lockdown of all non-essential businesses. With my principal income at risk, I had to let my side hustle go. I stopped living and quickly switched to survival mode. Was I an essential employee at an essential business? So much of it was out of my hands, but I showed up every day to prove my worth. And I prayed every night.

Only hindsight has been able to show me that 2020's worldwide wake-up call was actually a hidden gift we all needed to unwrap. It isn't about individual success online. If your local community is suffering, you'll never thrive in the long run. If any one link is broken, the whole supply chain suffers.

Allow me to introduce you to a new and improved book supply chain that can help us all work more efficiently while earning both local and international profits simultaneously. We can protect ourselves by helping each other. In fact, we can thrive! Does that sound farfetched? Read this book, and you will see just how realistic it is. It already exists. Now we just have to utilize it effectively.

Critique: Simply stated, "Supply Chain 20/20: A Clear View on the Local Multiplier Effect for Book Lovers" must be considered essential, mandatory reading for every aspiring author, published author, small press entrepreneur wanting to be financially successful and survive (even prosper) in a publishing industry (including bookstores and libraries) having to deal with today's pandemic impacted economy. A unique, effective, invaluable, 'real world practical', exceptionally well written, organized and presented DIY instruction manual and guide, "Supply Chain 20/20: A Clear View on the Local Multiplier Effect for Book Lovers" is unreservedly and unquestionably recommended addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university library Writing/Publishing collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that a version of "Supply Chain 20/20: A Clear View on the Local Multiplier Effect for Book Lovers" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.00).

Editorial Note: Kim Staflund is a bestselling author and TESOL certified sales coach for authors with 25 years' experience in the North American English book publishing industry (in both the traditional and contemporary markets), She routinely shows aspiring authors how to write, publish, and sell their book(s) using all the effective traditional and online tricks of the trade.

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