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March Newsletter: Short, Sweet, Exciting, & Fun

Our newsletter provides monthly updates on the latest projects supported by A Little Help co, the links to news headlines from around the world, jokes, riddles, and more!



Our monthly newsletter is getting a make-over: smaller, bite-sized articles, links and one special announcement form our resident author. Just enough news and tips to get you through a cup of tea, coffee, or whatever!



Why do we offer this monthly newsletter?


With the overwhelming sea of media and depressing headlines, our newsletter offers a small reprieve while still offering you global highlights and humor for your day.


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Good News


Miali Coley-Sudlovenick is a ten-year tutor of Inuktitut, teaching out of Iqaluit, Nunavat. She created the first online Inuit language tutoring service. It's called “Allurvik”, which means a “place to take your next step” in the language of Inuktitut.


Enjoy the entire article by clicking the link below...




 

Tech News


How wind energy could power Earth ... 18 times over

-by Dan Jørgensen


Here's an exciting recent Ted Talk ( https://www.ted.com/ ) about wind energy: "Over the last two decades, the wind power industry has grown at a dizzying pace. (Fun fact: a single rotation from one of the world's most powerful wind turbines can generate enough electricity to charge more than 1,400 cell phones.) Building off this exponential growth, Denmark's climate minister Dan Jørgensen lays out his plan to end the country's oil industry by 2050 and transition to a fossil-free future powered by wind energy."




 

The Spotlight: TBA...


Our monthly newsletter Spotlight will be moved to it's own post starting March 15th. We will still showcase a new small business with an interview and links for you to support our growing 'local' market.


More to come later this month... watch for our new blog release on March 15th!

 

KJ's Corner

I reached another exciting milestone: I finally have my first book ISBNs!


The wait is over: After saving and planning, I was able to gather enough funds to go to Bowker online ( https://www.myidentifiers.com/ ) and purchase the first (of many) ISBNs for the first book in my novel series, the Aether Star Chronicles, Book 1: Awakening©. Any writer-turned-author will understand my excitement and agree this is a major milestone towards becoming published. For those who are curious or are just starting out as an aspiring author, like me, here are some basic facts about ISBNs.



An ISBN, or International Standard Book Number, is a national/international standard identification number for uniquely identifying books, i.e., publications. According to Bowker, "The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributor."


Here's what this means in more layman's terms for publishing authors, both traditional and "indie" (self-publishing): Each ISBN you own and attach to a single version of your book will link that version to that specific ISBN for any type of publishing and distribution. This not only includes the requirements for Kindle/Amazon eBooks, but also libraries and book stores. Pick up any book you have nearby, or on your smart device and glance at those first few pages that everyone always skips over. There's bound to be a section, usually at the bottom of the back of a page, with a bunch of codes and what looks like legal mumbo-jumbo. This collection of tiny lettering, copyright details, and other legal-ese like trademark information includes the book's ISBN. Think back to your school days and having to check out a book: When you looked up the numbers or had the librarian scan the barcode at check-out, that set of data included a link to the author or publisher's ownership of that book though the ISBN.


It may not seem like a lot, especially when most books burry this info on the back of the front matter of a book or in the boring coding details of an eBook, but for an author it is literary gold. These simple numbers turn a simple writer into the owner author of any literary work they created. This, in turn, means they have 100% control over who publishes their book, how it is published, when and where. It's a huge leap forward, especially for a new aspiring author. It is also another scary milestone that brings me closer to publishing!



There's a colossal world of readers out there with countless titles of other books in the same genre as mine. Even if I narrow down the field to JUST Fantasy Sci-Fi, that is still a very large market to compete for attention. But like every good journey, a step forward or on to the next stepping stone is still progress. And today I am celebrating with my loyal fans as I take that next step to becoming published later this year. {insert little happy dance here]


Stay tuned ASC fans for more milestones to come and thank you for your continued support during my journey!

 

The Funnies


 

Monthly Riddle: Each month we will post a curious conundrum to tickle your brain cells. The answer for each monthly riddle will be posted in the following month's newsletter.

February's Riddle Answer: An icicle


March's Riddle:

This month is a little goofy, enjoy:

"What U.S. state makes the most writing utensils?"


 

USED WITH PERMISSION FROM DEBBIE RIDPATH OHI AT INKYGIRL.COM


 


 

Have a Wonderful Day!


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