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Squishable has been Nominated for Best Use of Social Media and Most Unique Marketing Promotion at The Blades Ecommerce Awards and Annual Miva Merchant Conference

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) February 07, 2013

Squishable.com has been named as one of five finalists in the running for The Blades title of Best Use of Social Media for its absolute domination of Facebook. With over 750,000 likes and upwards of 35,000 people actively talking about Squishables page, they clearly have mastered the use of this social media outlet. Additionally, Squishable has been nominated for the category of Most Unique Marketing Promotion for Project Open Squish. This promotion is a great way for Squishable to engage their customers and to give them an opportunity to vote on their next product release.

Like every other company, Squishable has bosses, corporate strategy meetings, and all that important-sounding stuff. However, we arent every other company, commented Charles Donefer, Managing Squisher. For the big things, like what color our giant stuffed cupcake should be, we turn to our fans to vote for what they want. Letting fans design new products is a natural outgrowth of how we do business.

The inaugural Blades Ecommerce Awards will be held in conjunction with MivaCon 2013, Miva Merchants 13th annual conference. This years conference and awards dinner will take place in San Diego, CA on March 6 8 at The Hyatt Regency, La Jolla.

Squishable will be recognized at The Blades Awards, along with other Miva Merchant stores that have achieved excellence in ecommerce. The categories for nominations include Best Use of Social Media, Best New Feature, Best Design, Most Unique Marketing Promotion, and Best New Website of 2012.

We have been astounded with the quality and quantity of entries to The Blades, Ecommerce awards. All of this years nominations have demonstrated something outstanding and extraordinary with their Miva Merchant stores, said Rick Wilson, President and COO of Miva Merchant. We want to celebrate the great achievements that have already taken place and showcase the stores that we know will continue to have great success in this coming year.

PayPal and Miva Merchant will be sponsoring The Blades Awards event, which will take place on the evening of March 7th, 2013. Those interested in learning more about attending MivaCon 2013 and The Blades Awards, can do so by visiting the conference page on Miva Merchants website.

About Squishable:

Based in New York City, Squishables mission is to make giant, round, fuzzy stuffed animals for all to enjoy. Inspired by web comic culture, anime, and science fiction, these one-of-a-kind plush toys are for kids and adults alike. For more information about Squishable, please visit http://www.squishable.com/.

About Miva Merchant:

Miva Merchant, located in San Diego, CA is a leading e-commerce solution consisting of PA-DSS validated shopping cart software, PCI compliant ecommerce hosting, credit card processing services and custom website design and development for businesses looking to sell online. Miva Merchant shopping cart software has been used by over 300,000 online merchants. For more information about Miva Merchant, please visit http://www.mivamerchant.com.

AuthorStand.com Awards $1,000 Prize in First Annual Novel Contest; Good Morning, Magpie Wins Editors Choice

(PRWEB) March 01, 2012

Young author, Zachary Gilpin, takes home the coveted prize of Editors Choice in AuthorStands First Annual Novel Contest gaining free publicity and $ 1,000 for his novel Good Morning, Magpie.

Gilpins novel about a dove, a magpie and the world coming to an end adds to the growing list of Editors Choice winners on AuthorStand, an online community where aspiring authors post works to build readership and launch their writing careers.

When asked about receiving top honors, Gilpin said, For someone who got their start writing fanfics and serial flash fiction on the internet, that is a tremendous ego boost. Gilpin dishes about his novel and inspiration in his interview with AuthorStand founder Joe Niewierski.

Good Morning, Magpie and thousands of other novels and short stories, in a variety of genres, are available for download, most for free, on AuthorStand.com.

The AuthorStand First Annual Novel Contest kicked off in January 2011 and received nearly 150 qualifying entries in genres ranging from sci-fi, fantasy, crime, horror, humor and more.

To determine the first and second prize winners, the ratings given to each novel by members of the Authorstand community were combined with judges scores.

AuthorStand Founder Joe Niewierski says, The contest was a huge success in helping authors gain exposure for their work and were currently taking entries for our Second Annual Novel Contest which wraps up later this year.

About AuthorStand.com

AuthorStand.com is an online direct-from-the-author ebook community and marketplace where undiscovered authors get read, get feedback and start to build a following. Visit online at http://www.AuthorStand.com.


2 Reviewers Choice Awards for author, Tom Weston

Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 11, 2012

Following last weeks announcement that FISSION had been named Reader Views Book of the Year for the USA North East Region, an area which comprises New England and the State of New York, we are pleased to add that FISSION has also won FIRST PLACE in the Reader Views Historical Fiction Category.


FISSION is a novel based on the life and times of scientist, Lise Meitner, the Austrian Physicist, born in Vienna in 1878. Lise is amongst the first women to be admitted to the University and to be awarded a PhD in Physics. From there she goes to Berlin, and eventually becomes Head of the Physics department at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. Due to her status as a Jew in Nazi Germany, Lise is forced to flee the country and move to Sweden, where she discovers nuclear fission and sparks the race for the atomic bomb. After the war, the Nobel Foundation controversially denies her the Nobel Prize for her discovery.

FISSION, by Tom Weston:

Hardcopy 329 pages, 6 x 9, ISBN 978-0-981-94135-6.

Paperback 329 pages, 6 x 9, ISBN 978-0-981-94137-0.

eBook, ISBN 978-0-981-94138-7.


Award winning writer and film-maker, Tom Weston, returned to the novel format for the adaptation of his screenplay, FISSION, based on the true life story of scientist, Lise Meitner. Originally from England, Tom now resides in Boston, Massachusetts.

His novel, FIRST NIGHT, set in Boston during the New Years Eve festival, introduced the unlikely heroines, Alex and Jackie, and the ghost of a 17th century Puritan named Sarah Pemberton. FIRST NIGHT won an Honorable Mention in the Middle-Grade/Young Adult category, in the Writers Digest 17th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards. The sequel to FIRST NIGHT, called THE ELF OF LUXEMBOURG, is also a supernatural mystery, with a blend of humor and history that has become Toms trademark.

Following the publication of THE ELF OF LUXEMBOURG, Tom turned to the medium of film to produce and direct the award winning animated short, THERE BE MONSTERS!, based on one of his TALES FROM THE GREEN DRAGON TAVERN.

Tom is now working on Book 3 of the Alex and Jackie Adventures, called FEATHERED: BEING A FAIRY TALE, and a new animated short called DANCING DAISY DAY.

To find our more about Tom and his work, please visit http://www.tom-weston.com.

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2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards by Smart Book Lovers Now Open for Submissions

San Francisco, California (PRWEB) March 07, 2012

Smart Book Lovers is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards. The Sharp Writ Book Awards are presented annually to recognize excellence in writing. Smart Book Lovers is a non-profit organization for people with high intellect and a passion for books. Our membership is global and currently at approximately 1300.

Both printed and electronic Books are eligible. They must be in English, have a valid ISBN (not required for digital books published on Kindle) and be published in 2009 or later. Books already submitted in 2010 or 2011 cannot be resubmitted. The final deadline for entering is August 31, 2012, with an Early Bird incentive for books submitted by April 30, 2012. Unlike many other book awards, self-published titles are also eligible for entry as long as they meet the other requirements. An application can be downloaded from the Sharp Writ Book Awards website. Anyone, including the publisher, publicist, agent, author or a fan can submit a book for consideration.

Winners in the 2012 Sharp Writ Awards will be announced by December, 2012, at a virtual award ceremony organized jointly by Smart Book Lovers and Channel IQ. The winners of the Sharp Writ Book Awards will receive a crystal award and certificates, as well as earn credibility and publicity for their books.

Dr. Linda Reid is a Los Angeles based physician-author and a two year participant in SWBA. Her book “Where Angels Fear to Tread” (Renegade Paladins). written as Yolanda Pascal, won the award for Science Fiction in 2010; Devil Wind came in at second place in 2011 in Fiction. “I am thrilled that ‘Devil Wind won 2nd place in the Fiction category for the 2011 Sharp Writ Book Awards” said Dr. Reid who wrote the book along with Dr. Deborah Shlian.”Smart Book Lovers, a very discerning group of readers with high IQ, have enjoyed our story in which fathers and daughters overcome years of relationship strife and join forces to save themselves and the lives of thousands of innocent victims from a Los Angeles inferno and a rogue CIA operative’s earthshaking conspiracy.”

Dr. Reid added, I’m honored to receive this prestigious award, and I’ve been very happy that so many readers have discovered my books when they were featured in Sharp Writ Book Awards/ Smart Book Lovers blog and Facebook pages.

The categories for the 2012 Sharp Writ Awards are:

MYSTERY: Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Sleuths and Crime. Other genres may be considered – contact for approval.

SCIENCE FICTION: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, and Supernatural.

GENERAL FICTION: All other categories in Fiction including, but not limited to, Action & Adventure, Graphical Novel, Family, Saga, Historical, Humor, Inspirational, Metaphysical, Political, Western, and Romance. Other sub-genres not explicitly mentioned here, may be considered – contact organizers for more information.

POETRY: All categories of Poetry.

PSYCHOLOGY: Psychology and Self-Help.

GENERAL NON-FICTION: Career, Educational, History, Military, and True Crime. Other genres will be considered – contact organizers for approval.

BIOGRAPHY / AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Books which are biographical or autobiographical in nature, including personal memoirs.

YOUNG ADULT: Books specifically targeted at a teen audience. All genres (fiction, non-fiction, etc.) of young adult are placed in this category.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Books specifically targeted at a child audience. Examples include picture books or easy readers that combine text and illustrations.

To find out more details about how to nominate a book or to download a nomination form, visit the Sharp Writ Book Awards website.

About Smart Book Lovers


Smart Book Lovers is a non-profit, independent organization founded as a virtual place of gathering for people with high intellects and a passion for books. Originally founded as the Book Lovers Special Interest Group (SIG) of Mensa in June 2009, the officers took the group independent in order to better serve its members in 2010. Although no longer affiliated with any other organization, many of the members are current or former members of Mensa and other high IQ societies. Smart Book Lovers maintains group pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yahoo to maximize the virtual experience for all members. In addition, the group publishes the Intelligent Expressions blog, to which group members may submit original writings and book reviews.

About Linda Reid


Dr. Linda Reid is a physician-author and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA. She has served as a medical correspondent for Eyewitness News at the CBS affiliate in Washington, DC, for CNN and other Television networks. Dr. Reid’s work has been published in several newspapers, including the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. In addition to co-authoring two Sammy Greene Thrillers with Dr. Deborah Shlian, Dr. Reid is the author of the sci-fi/ fantasy books “Where Angels Fear To Tread” (Renegade Paladins), winner of the 2010 Sharp Writ Books Award in Science Fiction, and its sequel, Abyssal Redemption, as Yolanda Pascal.