Global Neuroethics Conference 2019: The Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill Proposal

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“Nothing was your own except the few cubic centimetres inside your skull.” -George Orwell, 1984

The quoted sentence conveys the idea that the mind is a kind of last refuge of personal freedom and self-determination. While the body can easily be subject to domination and control by others, our mind, along with our thoughts, beliefs and convictions, are to a large extent beyond external constraint. Yet, with advances in neural engineering, brain imaging and pervasive neurotechnology, the mind might no longer be such an unassailable fortress. Today, pervasive neurotechnology applications include brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) for device control or real-time neuromonitoring, neurosensor-based vehicle operator systems, cognitive training tools, electrical and magnetic brain stimulation, wearables for mental wellbeing, and virtual reality systems. Mental decoders are capable of decoding mental states and translating them into observable outputs such as text, verbal signals or graphic images. For example, Herff and Mirkovic have independently demonstrated the effectiveness of a decoder capable of reconstructing speech from brain waves. While these advances can be greatly beneficial for individuals and society, they can also be misused and create unprecedented threats to the freedom of the mind and to the individuals’ capacity to freely govern their behavior.

The Global Neuroethics Conference will educate the general populace on the current exponential growth within the fields of neuroscience and neurotechnology; while simultaneously elaborating on the need for new neuro-specific human rights. Lectures will be provided by a number of very distinguished speakers who have dedicated their lives to the fields of neuroscience, neuroethics, and human rights. An interactive Q&A session will take place near the end of the conference. This session will allow the attendees to ask the speakers any questions they may have regarding the topics that have been discussed. There will also be a segment during the conference which will allow the victims of human rights violations in the neurological field to give brief testimonials to the audience. A panel of legal experts, neuroscientists, technology developers, neuroethicists, and human rights advocates has been formed, and will continue accepting membership applications. This panel has created a rough draft of the Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill, which will be distributed to all conference attendees. Discussion regarding the current state of the bill is highly encouraged as it will be presented to legislative assembly later in the year. All suggestions regarding any potential revisions to the bill will be acknowledged, reviewed, and deliberated by the panel. This conference will be covered by multiple media outlets, and representatives from all 4 major political parties will be invited.

The current list of confirmed speakers that will be providing lectures at this conference are as follows:

James Giordano, PhD, MPhil

is Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program, and Scholar-in-Residence in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics, and is Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC, USA. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor of Brain Science, Health Promotions and Ethics at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany, and was formerly 2011-2012 JW Fulbright Foundation Visiting Professor of Neurosciences and Neuroethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich, Germany.

Dr. Giordano currently serves an appointed member of United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Advisory Council on Human Research Protections (SACHRP); and has served as an appointed member of the Neuroethics, Legal and Social Issues (NELSI) Advisory Panel of the Defense Advanced Research Projects’ Agency (DARPA), and Senior Science Advisory Fellow of the Strategic Multilayer Assessment Branch of the Joint Staff of the Pentagon.

James Canton, PhD

Dr. James Canton is a renowned global futurist, social scientist, author, and visionary business advisor. As a former Apple Computer executive and high tech entrepreneur, he has been insightfully forecasting the key trends and technologies that have shaped our world. The Economist recognizes him as one of the leading global futurists. He has advised three White House Administrations and over 100 companies.

Dr. Canton has held a academic appointments at Singularity University at NASA, the Kellogg School of Management, MIT’s Media Lab, Europe, the Potomac Institute, and served on the International Advisory Council, Economic Development Board for the State Singapore, been an advisor to the National Science and Technology Council, US Departments of State, Defense and Health and Human Services.

This event is solely funded off of the philanthropy of those who want to proactively protect all of humanity from the potential unintended consequences or misuse of neurotechnology. Contracts for silver, gold, and platinum level sponsors are still available. Sponsorship includes booth space at the event as well as names/logos on the conference websites and all marketing material. Private donations of any amount also provide significant fundraising assistance. There is a PayPal link for donations below.

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Allison Ireland on Neuroweapons – Targeted Individuals – Innocent American Civilians

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Dangerous neuro technology is being used to hack, control and torture innocent people around the world.

This is a factual statement you probably or may not believe this right now, but my hope is by the conclusion of this lecture in this evening you might be more convinced. I want you to imagine a world where people sit behind computers with security clearance and listen to your most personal thoughts, spy in your most private moments and actually control your mind and body.

This is not science fiction.

This is reality.

We would like to talk to you tonight about a program, a program of gaslighting where the aim is to discredit the target, make them look crazy and have them even question their own sanity. All free of fingerprints and sets a perfect plausible deniability for the perpetrators committing this crime.

Dr. Robert Duncan is going to talk to you factually about the technology and the possible intent of this program. I would also like to give my personal testimony to discuss the neural ethical implications of this horror, that crime and the human rights violations and discuss possible solutions that we can all implement together like neuro ethical human rights legislation. I’m not going to pretend to be any type of expert on this technology, this is why I’ve asked Duncan to present to you today, but like all the other victims hundreds to thousands around the world we have a story to tell many of you.

Invited tonight our neuro scientists, engineers, professors, students, technical local technology schools, the area as well as human rights groups and local Congress. Our hope is that you will find this information relevant, believable and help us to find solutions. You need to know that not only could this technology be used to drug, rape, torture innocent civilians around the world, it is being used to do so when it has possibly been used for decades.

I, Alison Amy Ireland, solemnly affirm that by all that is sacred and righteous that my testimony is given free without coercion and that this is the whole truth, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God.

I’m a 38-year-old businesswoman in medical sales and a mother of three small children.

On October, 2015, I began being harassed with something that is referred to as psychotronic microwave auditory hearing effect, silent sound which bypasses the ears v2k voices scholars synthetic telepathy, since then they have stolen the past three and a half years of my life. It started overnight, people talking in my head sometimes as loud as someone in the room next to me. They use standard scripts to traumatize and document response. In the very beginning they kept me up for days on end not eating, not sleeping, screaming the most horrible disgusting things you can even imagine, all day long, 24/7.

They would keep me up, they would sexually harass me, belittle me, stripping me my dignity as a woman. All of us experiencing this and I’ve spoken with dozens, possibly hundreds here exactly the same things repeated to us. We hear our voices, our thoughts repeated back. We hear voices of others responding to our thoughts, we hear them narrating what we’re doing throughout the day.

We literally do not have a private thought in our head or a private moment with our families. I want it to be on the record that I do not take any drugs – recreational or pharmaceutical and I have no history of mental illness or depression. Sometimes I have asked something that I don’t know the answer to, they will respond and I will look it up and I will find that the answer is correct, not only do they repeat what I say in my head but they will add colorful adjectives and edit my thoughts at times like Ewen Cameron developed back in the 50s.

I am subjected to automated messages psychic driving technique repeated over and over again on a loop. I know often it is AI in my head but I also sometimes feel like I hear actual people talking as well they use scripts to deceive and control sometimes, they will play music recite riddles. Sometimes you hear things as trivial as discussions on what they are ordering for lunch or how long their shift is, this is something I have personally been experiencing for three and a half years.

On January 2, in January 2016, on January 13th on my 35th birthday I was drugged for the first time with what I now believed to be a bio frequency used to generate a drugged state for almost a full year (nine months). I was drugged every other day. I’d go one day feeling completely normal organically like myself and then the next day like I ate a sheet of acid, this went on and off for nine months – one day on, one day off. One day on, one day off, then it just stopped completely. I was totally back to normal again with an exception for three very specific times when I was drugged remotely like a Pavlovian dog. When I tried to do something to raise awareness of what was happening, when I went to the FBI or when I organized a conference for victims to come together to figure out what was happening and figure out what we could all do together this is not how paranoid schizophrenia or any type of mental illness works. I have learned that MIT – the home of the US Army super soldier has developed such a drug delivery system. luckily I experimented with LSD in college only about four to five times, not enough according to medical experts for a flashback, but at least I know knew what I was feeling was a simulation of being on a hallucinogenic and that I was not insane. You want to tell your children just say no to drugs but then again, I feel like maybe they should experiment in college in case they get drugged remotely by the government or whoever does this to people. So, they don’t end up in a mental hospital. The rest of this is gonna sound crazy and I promise if it did not happen to me personally I would not believe a word of it, but I have also seen a hologram of a cartoon character in my room and I was raped once, was something that rocked her – Duncan refers to as no touch simulated rape through EEG heterodyning where you feel as though you were being sexually assaulted for trauma-based mind control, but no one is in the room with you.

Some victims are raped by this technology daily all day, these are all identical experiences that I have heard by countless other victims. I have also had what I believe to be manipulated dreams. I was told that it takes 90 minutes to fall into REM sleep, those of us on this cybernetic hivemind program will fall asleep and wake up, fall asleep within five seconds having a very vivid dream that seems like you’re watching a movie, either seeing things like being attacked by a bald eagle or looking in the mirror my eye becomes a camera lens or I pull a chip out of my nose that says USA or they show me such horrific things of my own family that literally makes me cry for weeks and makes me thank God that I am aware of what is happening and I know in my heart that is not my own subconscious and that I could never create something so horrific in my own mind.

Recently within the past year I have also been tortured with what I believe to be emotional manipulation. This has just been happening to me within the past year. Organically I made very happy up the outgoing person I normally just go on with my day then all of a sudden like somebody is literally turning on and off a light switch I start to scream and cry and shake uncontrollably while simultaneously the voices call repeats in my head “kill yourself, kill yourself, kill yourself” It lasts for about an hour and it feels and then some feels like somebody is literally just turning it off and I snapped back to normal when.

I asked why are you doing this, the beat UK voice in my head says we want you to know what they have been doing to people remotely for decades, the schmeared off-patent used by the CIA with subliminal in the 50s, using subliminal messaging to broadcast rage, fear and manipulate human behavior. As I mentioned I am NOT going to make any claims about this technology, whether I’m implanted with chips whether it’s smart dust nanotechnology or frequency done remotely. I will leave that to the experts. I just want to share my experience and the parallel experience of so many others around the world and talk about what we can all do about it together. A few other things that may or may not be relevant. I have been told that I might have been victimized by this technology, as nonsensical as it is because of my career in medical sales. I was with American Medical Systems who was then acquired by Boston Scientific when this first started happening selling neurologic with a neurologic implant I lost a really good job due to the attacks of being drugged every other day for nine months and having my performance suffer.

I struggled since then to get back on track professionally, hopping around to a few different companies. I have somehow been able to, though remain gainfully employed struggling every day to work through whatever I am going through, provide for my family and raise my three small children and in my limited free time do what I can to expose these crimes. I currently work for a company allergen pharmaceuticals selling Botox for overactive bladder, again in urology with a neurology, but Allegan does work in neurology and I have and has mental health medication, sales mental health medication as well, maybe this is relevant maybe it isn’t, but as a mind-control victim I question everything in my life, since many mentoring candidate victims are mind-control to believe that big pharma is doing it to them.

I’ve been told that my employment could have something to do with it, maybe I’m being set up. I do believe that the company I work for now does not realize that they may be profiting off victims of this technology and I’d like to find a way to credibly raise awareness someday with my employer. I believe every day I am helping people personally improve their quality of life with therapeutic Botox. So at this time I do not see an issue personally with my profession. I’ve also been told that I could be in this program because of my identical twin daughters or my Jewish lineage Josef Mengele and other World War two scientists did experiment on multiples. This was one of the first questions in the symptom survey. Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe, some NSA whistleblowers that are helping us conducted back in 2017 are you a multiple paternal identical. I do believe this is relevant many people also believe that this illuminati or freemason association supposedly there has some connection with a monarch mind control style torture. They do Nazi Germany and this Illuminati group honestly I and I do think that many victims and perpetrators committing these crime actually do buy into this stuff, but honestly I think that it is irrelevant whatever excuse or justification people are making to torture other people, is irrelevant the point is that people are torturing other people with technology. They are remotely drugging, raping, torturing and murdering this is like Nazi Germany you know they were actually able to get neighbors to torture other neighbors, you know this is covert and done remotely but you know history does have a tendency to repeat itself. So, I think honestly the most important thing that we do right now is expose what is happening and try together to find solutions and establish neuro ethical legislation to protect our brains from being hacked. The first psychiatrist I ever went, she was named Wendy Olsen Mauro – The Hitchcock clinic in Hudson, New Hampshire’s. she set me on the right track, she said you do not have any mental illness.

Do you know anybody that works for the government? This was before I learned about this phenomenon and I thought this was such a strange bizarre question I saw her twice January 26 2016 and in February 24th 2016. I then got a bizarre phone call that she had died and I needed to see someone else. They sent me to another psychiatrist who has been pushing a medication that is actually made by the company I work for now, then I learned that the sales rep for the specific medication now has the job that I had when I first started getting tortured by this technology selling urologic implants at Boston Scientific, the year that I lost my job when I was drugged. Maybe this is all complete coincidence, but I felt like it was bizarre enough to mention and you know sometimes I do wonder if we are moved around like chess pieces for some sort of game that we don’t understand, also working and organizing and strategizing with this group of victims can be sat challenging for us all in itself.

This group of victims trying to organize and fight back, you know I believe we are mind-controlled not to trust each other so we don’t unite and work together. I’ve actually been told that my voice was used in the heads of others telling them that I for some reason am the one that is doing this to them. There is power in numbers especially in groups that are organized and productive. So, I believe that to keep us from being productive and fighting back they mind-control us to fight with each other or worse think that you know we’re doing this to each other.

I’m sure they are also hired infiltration to keep things unproductive as well. The point is that we need your help outside of this community of victims. It is important for anyone watching this to know that this event was not sponsored by a company or organization. It was sponsored entirely financed by the hard-earned money of a woman who was working to struggle through what she’s experiencing and finding a way to expose what is happening for her and her family and thousands of others around the world. The truth is I personally have no idea why I was targeted for this crime, maybe it is just a random cross-section of the population for experimentation.

I am an innocent hard-working taxpaying American who has committed no crimes. I was not an activist prior to being harassed by this technology. I know no one that works for the government and I have no enemies that I can think of. I had no reason to make this up and I want nothing more than to expose what they are doing to protect my children and to make a better tomorrow for everyone. My small children have also experienced this voice to skull technology specifically my son – aged seven.

This is documented at the pediatrician, when he was three, he came to me and my husband and said I hear a voice talking in my head “It said not to look mommy, but I didn’t listen because I love you. Two, three other times since then he has also come to me saying mommy they’re doing it to me again, they’re talking in my head. Per the advice of other victims I’ve gotten scanned by a private investigator named Melinda kidder at Columbia investigations in Columbia Missouri, she is the leading private investigator regarding these matters. Scans indicate elevated EMF frequency emissions coming from specific registered to academic institutions government agencies companies hired by government agencies, public broadcast stations, educational broadband services providers, broadband internet providers for collaborative research.

Many of us who have also gotten this scan have shown frequencies registers the same academic institutions, agencies and companies who could possibly be defendants in it. Supporter class-action possibly someday. I live in New Hampshire but the frequencies are registered to institutions and companies all over the United States and the victims of this growing crime are all over the world. I believe this is what was used to torture me with psychotronic sound and a bio frequency simulation to generate a drugged state by a remote signaling device, whether reliable evidence or not. A toxicologist named held a grand standing of Integrative Health Solutions also gave me a skin patched in hair follicle test that revealed evidence that I was being harassed by nanotechnology. My husband and my friends can all support my claim, the most important thing to me is to expose this to protect my family and victims worldwide. I’m sure you were also familiar with the recent story of the cute American diplomats in Cuba suffering the hearing loss from the sonic attacks.

My four-year-old daughter was born with something called auditory neuropathy. I believe there is a chance this also might be related. she was born with this crippling hearing loss right before I started getting tortured with this technology. I found clinical articles that show how low wave frequencies like the ones being admitted from me can damage the hair and the inner ear causing this type of hearing loss. She is crippled for life and forced to wear bilateral hearing aids. The Hoffer report on the diplomats did suggest that 30 to 40 percent of the diplomats did experience permanent hearing loss as well. I hired another investigator who has been able to dig further into the Federal Communications Commission database for frequencies found on me and I’ve also been able to obtain a full comprehensive list of companies and institutions, not only the companies and institutions but specific names, phone numbers and addresses of these individuals licensed to these frequencies. I have reached out to each and every one of them. I’ve done everything that I can possibly think of up to this point. I have been to the FBI, the State Police, the local police.

I went back to the FBI recently and this time instead of getting drugged like I was the first time, they actually did open an investigation for me and gave me a case number. I have emailed, called and sent certified letters to over a hundred civil rights class actions, personal jury, lawyers, but for whatever bizarre reason I have not been able to obtain anyone I have contacted, emailed or gone in person ACLU fusion center, DARPA and also desperately trying to get a meeting with my local Congress.

Most importantly my story is not unique and is trivial compared to the atrocities of so many others around the world by this remote technology. This is a silent crime as I said incomplete plausible deniability, the assailants, the victims are gaslighted mean to appear mentally ill. These crimes against humanity are so horrific and I feel these are the biggest threat that our society faces today. What we need is to raise public awareness, overall awareness and discuss neuro ethical human rights, legislation that we can implement to protect our minds from these attacks.

Please pay attention also when Duncan covers Project Blue Beam. This is the rumor you know and this is again conspiracy theory was supposedly leaked by NASA some sort of staged apocalyptic alien invasion, religious rapture using this technology. You know we know victims of this technology. The technology in place, subliminal mind-control voices in your head, holograms, a frequency that makes you feel like you’re on LSD, making you more susceptible as a subliminal mind control. So, all these tools in their tool bag. Right so this is of course a conspiracy you know but knowing that this technology exists, you know what if we were the guinea pigs, the pilot program. Before this is rolled out on the general public. I’m hoping obviously this is just a conspiracy theory, but literally knowing about this technology and what’s happening to people could literally save your life. what boggles my mind and obviously the minds of others is if the technology does exist. Right for people’s brains to be hacked remotely, why is there still crime? why does it seem that this technology is being used to torture innocent people driving them to homicide or suicide?

You know I want you to if you aren’t familiar look up the stories of people like Myron May, Aaron Alexis all of these mass shooters. Where it comes out after that, they had voices in their head that led them to do it. All of the suicides of the victims of this technology. The only conclusion I can think of as to ranged as the scenes is that maybe they want things to get as bad. So bad that we all accept 1984 Minority Report future without a private thought in her head or a private moment in our families, you know as a welcome order from the chaos that they might create hopefully again conspiracy theory today, we have invited 5,000 professors, students local human rights groups, bioethics groups, mental health professionals, local Congress in the general public, the ad in the globe.

It’s a circulation of 225 thousand. Myself as well as other volunteers have been being remotely tortured, have been tirelessly sending emails, handing out fliers, putting up billboards, organizing events like this. I have participated in dozens of symptom surveys and affidavit collection endeavors. Bill Binney and Kirk Wiebe and I say whistleblowers helped us collect data in 2017 in a symptom survey that we need help analyzing this data. These admirable whistleblowers along with Robert Duncan and many others are helping us expose these crimes, but we need more outside help we have all this data collected and we need experts like yourself to help us organize it and prevent it. Present it in a professional way, I’m also handing out a document that outlines an amazing neural ethical specific neuro specific Human Rights proposal by Dr. Marcelo ANCA and Dr. Roberto and Nardo. Obviously, I’m sure that these are probably all things discussions that you were having already in your neuro ethics and bioethics classes, but it’s important for you to hear our stories, hear our side, the testimonies of the victims.

The fact that you are here today is a step in the right direction, knowing that we have no cognitive Liberty, knowing that anyone anywhere can access, share, manipulate what’s in your brain at any time or worse torture you remotely is not okay. We are not Lab Rats. We are people who should have the right to cognitive Liberty, mental privacy, mental integrity, psychological continuity. So everyone around the world we need your help students of MIT professors and others watching future neuro scientists and engineers human rights groups in Congress. Please help us make tomorrow more bioethical than today.

Please if you’d like to get involved networking, correspond I will provide my personal email and cell phone to anyone. Dr. Robert Duncan has also said that he would provide his contact information, let’s work together, let’s figure out how we can help make things better tomorrow for our children.

That’s all I want to say.

Thank you

The Global Neuroethics Conference 2019: Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill Proposal – Targeted Individuals

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Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill: The Global Neuroethics Conference 2019

The Global Neuroethics Conference is an event that will educate the general populace on the current exponential growth within the fields of neuroscience and neurotechnology; while simultaneously elaborating on the need for new neuro-specific human rights. Lectures will be provided by a number of very distinguished speakers who have dedicated their lives to the fields of neuroscience, neuroethics, and human rights. There will also be a segment during the conference which will allow the victims of human rights violations in the neurological field to give brief testimonials to the audience. A panel of legal experts, neuroscientists, technology developers, neuroethicists, and human rights advocates has been formed, and will continue accepting membership applications. This panel has created a rough draft of the Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill, which will be distributed to all conference attendees. Discussion regarding the current state of the bill is highly encouraged as it will be presented to legislative assembly later in the year. All suggestions regarding any potential revisions to the bill will be acknowledged, reviewed, and deliberated by the panel. This conference will be covered by multiple media outlets, and representatives from all 4 major political parties will be invited.

We have assessed the implications of emerging neurotechnology applications in the context of the human rights framework, and we suggest that existing human rights are not sufficient enough to properly protect the general populace. After analysing the relationship between neuroscience and human rights, we identify four new neuro-specific human rights: the right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity, and the right to psychological continuity.

This proposal of neuro-specific human rights in response to emerging advancements in neurotechnology is consistent with and a logical continuation of the proposal of developing genetic-specific human rights in response to advancements in genetics and genomics as set out by the Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights, and the International Declaration on Human Genetic Data.

The freedom of thought, freedom from slavery, torture and inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment are regarded by international human rights law as not subject to any exceptions and, therefore, as absolute rights. Absolute rights cannot be limited for any reason. No circumstance justifies a qualification or limitation of absolute rights. Absolute rights cannot be suspended or restricted, even during a declared state of emergency. The right to cognitive liberty, the right to mental privacy, the right to mental integrity, and the right to psychological continuity should also be enacted into law as absolute rights.

We firmly believe that enacting the Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill into Canadian legislation will set a remarkable precedence which will allow many other countries around the globe to follow suit with ease, and adapt the same bill into their own legislation. If you would like to be a part of this effort there are a number of different ways you can help. Sharing our websites on all social media platforms as much as possible is the easiest and most effective way to spread public awareness regarding our objectives. Donating to our gofundme campaign will also greatly help us reach all of the goals we strive for. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding our efforts please feel free to email us at thehumanrightsglobalcoalition@gmail.com or contact us through our website at globalneuroethics.com. We will not rest until there is legislation enacted in every single country around the globe that protects the brains of every man, woman, and child. Please help us in our efforts, thank you.

All credit for the Neuro-Specific Human Rights Bill belongs to Dr. Marcello Ienca and Dr. Roberto Andorno. Excerpts from their paper have been used in an effort to enact new neuro-specific human rights.

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Self-Published Books Gain Recognition Through Bookstore Consignment Programs

A handful of brick-and-mortar bookstores are jumping on the consignment bandwagon. This is good news for self-publishing authors who are trying to reach readers in the very bookstores readers frequent. At the very least, it means that independent authors and publishers are getting shelf space that they didn’t have previously.

The American Booksellers Association reported recently on its website that a handful of small bookstores nationwide are participating in consignment programs, allowing independent authors to showcase and sell their books, as well as sponsor book signings and other events. This trend appears to be growing, according to the report, and many self-publishing authors are diving right in to participate.

Quite a few bookstores, like the Tattered Cover in Denver, offer local authors and small local publishers the opportunity to sell books on consignment-the author/publisher provides several copies of the book that the bookseller places on its shelves-and even host events at the store. Matt Miller, a spokesman for the Tattered Cover, which has been supporting local authors for decades through the Rocky Mountain Authors Program, sees the consignment program as steady. “We try to treat every author with the respect they deserve for their efforts and their desire to make their works available to the larger community,” the ABA article quotes Miller as saying.

Most bookstores that participate in consignment programs cater to regional authors with very little exception. Chico, Calif.-based Lyon Books runs a consignment program that allows authors living within 60 miles of the store to sell books. The ABA report suggests that over 200 authors live within 60 miles of Lyon Books.

The good news for self-publishing authors is that the sky is the limit. John Locke, Gemma Halliday, and Amanda Hocking: these are just a handful of authors who have gained national and international recognition by self-publishing titles on online bookseller sites like Amazon. The international bestseller, The Shack, started out as an indie publication. “No question, traditional publishers play an important role in the publishing world. Still, for better or worse, the days when they were the sole gatekeepers are behind us,” writes Terri Guiliano Long of IndieReader.com.

Today’s shifting publishing market makes exposure for independent publishers and authors attainable and sustainable. Print-on-demand outfits have started a book printing revolution that has spilled over into the digital world. Consignment programs at brick-and-mortar bookstores in local communities are just another step in the independent publisher revolution that is taking place.

Indie authors and publishers who are interested in participating in promoting and selling their books via a consignment program should follow some basic guidelines in their quest to find coveted shelf space. At the very least, the book or books should have the look and feel of a professional publisher. Books should have a professionally composed cover with a bound spine, a professional layout for all interior pages, and readily identifiable registration (International Serial Bin Number, or ISBN), with contact information for the publisher, author, and website. The Rocky Mountain Authors program, for example, list several criteria in determining which books end up on their shelves. According to their website, the above list comprises the “minimum industry and customer standards” to which they hold all consignment books accountable.

For more information on selling independently published books on consignment, contact your local independent bookstore.

http://ezinearticles.com/Self-Published-Books-Gain-Recognition-Through-Bookstore-Consignment-Programs&id=7069028

Five Must Read Books for Army Company Commanders

If you are a Company Commander, or will be in the future, I think you should make a conscious decision to improve your leadership skills. One of the best ways to learn new skills is to read books. In the paragraphs below, I would like to share five influential books that would benefit any Company Commander.

1. Small Unit Leadership by Dan Malone – Without a doubt this is my favorite military leadership book of all time. This book explains all the “nitty-gritty” details about how to lead your troops and prepare them for combat. Dan Malone is a retired Army Colonel. His writing style is to the point and no-nonsense. I give this book a 9 of 10.

2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie – Let’s face it; as leaders we are influencers. Of course, our job is to lead troops. But we also have to learn how to develop and cultivate relationships. This book will teach you to think from the other person’s perspective and will help you improve your communication skills. This is one of the top 3 “all-time” books that shaped my life.

3. The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard: This classic by Ken Blanchard is a must read book. In this book, you will learn the three secrets to effective leadership. They are goals, reprimands and praise. This book will teach you how to lead others. You will learn how to manage others so they can become effective on their own.

4. Situational Leadership and The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard – This book is another gem. You will learn the art of situational leadership and you will discover how to lead different people in different situations. We all know there is no cookie cutter approach to leadership. This book offers practical solutions to your leadership challenges. I give this a 9 of 10 also.

5. First Break all the Rules by Marcus Buckingham – In this book, you will learn what effective leaders and companies have done to improve employee performance. This is a study of 80,000 managers in 400 different companies. You will learn everything you need to know about how to be an effective leader.

Of course, there are many other great books as well. But, I do believe that these are five must read books for any Active Duty or part-time Company Commanders. Once you’ve read these five books you can branch off and read additional books.

http://ezinearticles.com/Five-Must-Read-Books-for-Army-Company-Commanders&id=7299856

How To Write An Engaging Book Review

A book review is basically a brief description of the book that entices readers to buy a book or simply ignore it. Writing book reviews is no mean feat. It involves various factors that need to be taken into consideration. If you have liked the book, you are required to justify it with relevant reasons and points for liking it. If you think the book is not convincing and engaging enough, you need to highlight the areas where you think the author has faltered. Book reviews are intended to help readers make an appropriate decision.

Video book reviews are fast catching up. You can make a video on YouTube and have it circulated. The power of online social media cannot be underestimated. Web savvy users like to look up the web for any information they want. We live in an era of instant gratification where people want everything at their disposal, at the touch of a button! They want things quick! This also includes engaging book reviews. This explains the sky rocketing popularity of video sharing websites like YouTube. As a matter of fact, the popularity of YouTube is growing by leaps and bounds.

Incidentally, there has been an increasing demand for childrens books like Clouds and My Little Red Book. Animal books, computer books and educational books are also in great demand. You can choose from a wide range of all kinds of cheap books online. You can browse the web to know about a cheap discount book or a specific book on sale. However, make sure to read a relevant review that will help you make a well informed decision. Reviewing a book is no childs play. The first thing that needs to be considered is the book you would like to review. You need to choose a book that interests you. Choose a theme or subject that is relevant to you. It is pointless to review a Science Fiction book if you cant make head or tail of science fiction. So choose a subject that engages you and interests you.

In order to agree or disagree with the author’s point of view, it is a good idea to jot down notes while reading. Jotting down small notes will help you review the book easily. It will also help you with quotes in your review. You should be able to understand the authors thesis and style. Focus on his style of writing- is it formal or informal Another important aspect about book reviews is the accuracy of the information presented in the book. Is the information relevant, accurate and engaging Are the concepts well defined Is the language used lucid and convincing You need to ask yourself these questions. Look for footnotes- they should provide significant information. Also look for maps and illustrations wherever necessary.

When writing book reviews, make sure to include the following elements- title, author, publication date, publisher, edition, pages, price and ISBN. Make your opening sentence striking and convincing. It should immediately catch the attention of readers. Be fair and unbiased! You can also include information pertaining to the authors qualification, reputation, etc.

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