Status Quo for Indie Authors

Status Quo for Indie Authors What’s an Indie author? The word “indie” comes from the root word individual. An Indie author is an individual author who has self-published a book without help from other entities. A lot of people may find this to be uncommon, but it’s not at all. Hundreds of years ago, every author had to go through a press in order to get noticed and published. Times change, people change. Today, media and technology is advertising a lot of Indie authors and supporting them through countless interviews and book blurbs. So, what’s the status quo, Carl? It’s been predicted by many researchers that Indie authors will become more prevalent and presses will become nonexistent by 2020. Yeah, 2020! Perfect vision, perfect writing! Why? The root reason is Indie authors are taking the time to learn all of the loops in getting a book published. Recently, I wrote a blog post about Book Publishing 101. Myself, as well as others, have had these experiences and going through a press for an agent and/or editor becomes unnecessary. Many presses of today do not publish certain books because of their content, theme, and the notion of them not making an abundant of purchases. It’s vital for Indie authors to understand how to manuever through the hidden fees they encounter. To conclude, Indie authors must build up a network of readers and writers, as well as doing freebies to draw a bigger audience. The bigger your network, the more successful you become in advertising your book!

Toast Pop Travels: Hinton and the Chestnut Revival

Get the “wild and wonderful” experiences of West Virginia in the most authentic ways possible by paying a visit to Hinton, West Virginia! Hinton is a small town tucked away in the eastern hills of the Mountain State and has a rooted successful lineage in being a former railroad town. Hinton is about twenty-eight miles from Beckley, but close to its history with museums dedicated to the railroad industry and the Civil War. Hinton is also not far from state parks Pipestem and Bluestone and the New River Gorge. No place could be any closer to natural beauty and history than Hinton.

There is perhaps no other place in Hinton that can make you feel more comfortable in the mountains than the Chestnut Revival: a homey, bed-and-breakfast and coffee shop on Summers Street. Reviews on TripAdvisor.com rank Chestnut Revival only second to The Market on Courthouse Square, but critics have ranked it the best for its cozy atmosphere, food quality, and friendly service. And this place is definitely a “ToastPop approved” attraction as both editors have been there and loved it! It is everything a coffee shop should be and more! One can easily relax and enjoy themselves in their dining area while consuming home-cooked tea, coffee, and other delicious treats! Most Friday nights are open mic nights featuring local talent and there is fun to be had on most holidays. There is no place like home, but Hinton and the Chestnut Revival could most certainly be your home away from home while you experience all the “wild and wonderful” West Virginia has to offer!

Plan your visit to Hinton and the Chestnut Revival!

Find business hours, book a stay, find local attractions

Chestnut Revival Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Chestnut-Revival/107441515982616?id=107441515982616&sk=photos_stream

Chestnut Revival menu: http://www.chestnutrevival.com/menu.html

They serve breakfast and lunch all day, and offer healthy and organic options 

The city of Hinton website: http://hintonwva.com/

Get information on the history, local life, and events 

Exclusive Interview With The Cast and Crew of Being Isadora

Some of the people of Being Isadora, a really cool new web series, sat down and did this amazing interview with us. For those of you who are new to Being Isadora, it’s an online show about this girl named Isadora and her life experiences involving her Holga camera. We recommend that you go check out the web series and like them on Facebook because it’s inevitable that Being Isadora is an online hit and you wouldn’t want to be left out of the conversations with all of your friends would you? Good, click here to check it out!

If having a super sweet Lomography camera thrown in the mix isn’t enough to make you fall in love with this web show then perhaps getting to know the amazing cast will get you hooked! Now’s your opportunity to learn more about the show, get some behind the scenes scoop, and learn just what Being Isadora is all about! We won’t keep you much longer, because you have some videos to watch (we understand), but from everyone here at Toast Pop, we would like to thank everyone at Being Isadora for their time and for being so cool!

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Ecocentric Mom

Ecocentric Mom BoxLet’s face it, life doesn’t stop just because you’re in college or busy with life. It would be great if it did, but you have to keep up with the shopping, homework, and maybe even squeeze in a social life somewhere in there. It can be a full time job just being you! One monthly subscription box by the name of Ecocentric Mom understands this and has the perfect solution. For $17 and free shipping you will get a box filled with al sorts of amazing products that are healthy, natural, and organic.

You will get the opportunity to try new products that are good for you and your child. You will get more than your $17 value in products and samples. From our experience there are even full size products included that not only allow you to try new and healthy things, but that also add to the overall value of this box. Think about it, you don’t even have to leave your house or dorm room, this is delivered right to you by the mail!

Perhaps you think that you know someone who would like one of these boxes, well your in luck. Ecocentric Mom offers the option for these boxes to be gifted. That’s right, if you’re a parent and you want to gift one of these nifty boxes to a college student in your life that could benefit from one then that option is there. These boxes are not just for Mommies, but the benefits for getting one of these boxes as a Mom are superb. The verdict, this box is great and well worth the money every month. The value of the items included is great, it’s packaged nicely, and shipping is free.

For more information or to subscribe or gift an Ecocentric Mom box visit them online at EcocentricMom.com.

Healthy Surprise

Who doesn’t love a surprise? Healthy Surprise is one company that is bringing us all really great snacks that are healthy and taste amazing. They are really setting themselves apart from all of the other subscription food boxes on the market by making their boxes Healthy Surprise Featured Imagebigger and better than the competition. There are a few plans and each one has enough food for you and a few friends to enjoy.

This service gets it’s name honestly, Healthy Surprise sends you vegan, gluten free, soy free, natural foods that you are sure to love. In fact they are so sure that you will like the food that they offer a 110% guarantee! There’s no commitment and you can cancel at any time too. The types of food vary that they send every month so it’s always something new and interesting, and we’re being honest when we say that this box is very generous with portion sizes.

Don’t waste time tracking down healthy food companies then worrying if you will like the food or not once you get it in the mail. This place does all of the work for you. You don’t have to worry about it tasting good because they only include foods that are super amazing in the taste department. The search is literally over for the perfect monthly subscription box for health food lovers, Healthy Surprise has it all: tasty food, good portions, and a guarantee that cannot be matched. Quit ordering food boxes that only you can enjoy by yourself, these boxes were made to share!

For more information or to subscribe to a Healthy Surprise box, visit them online at www.HealthySurprise.com.

Tellez Tells All

On the rise YouTube user, TellezTelevision sat down to give us an exclusive interview telling all about how her creative process works! Turns out this creative genius is fueled by Vitamin Water and the happenings of her everyday life. From covers of popular songs to originals written by her, the videos you will find on her YouTube channel are creative and professional to say the least! While she is in the early stages of her career we here at Toast Pop can already see that she’s going places fast! Whether she’s tweeting her fans or replying to comments, you will find that she not only appreciates the support, but turns it into the driving force behind her work. Go ahead and check out the exclusive interview with Tellez only available on Toast Pop!

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Over Coffee

For many, like myself, a cup of coffee is a major part of the daily routine. The question is, what makes it such a vital part of our daily lives? The answer is clear to those of us who have a passion for this caffeine filled drink. To me coffee is about relaxing and enjoying a warm cup of peace and thought. I do a lot of thinking when I drink my coffee, mostly due to the fact that it greatly relaxes me and helps me de-stress. The best memories that I have from drinking coffee are when I have been drinking coffee with others who are doing the same thing. It is an entire experience for everyone in the room to have a cup of their favorite coffee and to just talk.

One website by the name of Over Coffee creates that experience on the internet! We’ve herd of social networks, but never a social network specifically made with the coffee lover in mind. I myself have made an account and have begun to enjoy all that the website has to offer. You have the option to add friends, share pictures of your favorite coffees, tell stories related to coffee, and many other things. The great part about the website is that it is always updated with information on the best coffee shops, coffee products, and news on coffee.

It does not stop there, if you add their twitter @MeetOverCoffee they are more than happy to discuss coffee with you even by way of tweet! The experience of coffee does not have to end after your visit to the local coffee shop or after drinking the last sip of coffee from your favorite mug, Over-Coffee.com is the one place online where the love of coffee is 24/7! I encourage everyone who likes coffee to check out the website and make an account, it’s as simple as connecting with your Facebook account to create an account, and the enjoyment that you get from coffee never has to end!

Invisible Children

When countries go to war, oftentimes it is those that cannot or have no desire to fight that are hurt the most. Such is the case in Uganda. Uganda can bemoan the fact that it is home to the longest running war in the world: a horrifying twenty three years of bloodshed. Nearly two million innocents have been caught between the two factions, the Government of Uganda and the Lord’s Resistance Army, and left with nothing. Most have been forced out of the only place they’ve ever called home, and have no education or specialized skills to improve their lot in life.

However, Invisible Children intends to change that. Refugees are taught how to create culturally unique bracelets and the finished product is sent to U.S. Once a bracelet is sold, the money is returned to the refugees. Every bracelet-maker is required to attend a course in money management, investing, and how to cultivate small business. Because of these skills, many are able to return home and start anew. To find out how you can help just visit Invisible Children online.

The Hunger Games: Safe & Sound

With the anticipation of The Hunger Games movies just months away everyone was excited to hear about a new single released from the soundtrack that features Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars! It was quite shocking to learn that Taylor Swift is going to be a part of the original motion picture soundtrack, but then again they do need amazing artist to assist the hopefully amazing movies that they have made to accompany the fans of the book series. As of now no other news about the soundtrack has been released, but you can buy this song on iTunes now! The new question that remains is who else will be on the whole oficial soundtrack once it is released? That is a question that only Lionsgate, and time can answer!

Help! I Need Help!

Have you ever stared dazedly at endless shelves of medicine, miserably wondering which product would best suit your needs? Or maybe you’ve happened to glance at the ingredients list and been mystified by the amount of words that you can only dream of pronouncing. Richard Fine, CEO and co-founder of Help Pharmaceuticals, has decided that enough is enough and provided an alternative solution.

Help Pharmaceuticals believes that medicines should be simple to understand and only contain the ingredients your body needs to feel better. Even dyes, coatings, and other colorful agents used to make the medicines more visually appealing have been left to the wayside. Help provides a wide range of products to cover a variety of needs: allergies, insomnia, head ache, blisters, cuts, stuffy nose, and body ache. Even the packaging has reduced the amount of chemicals and processing involved. Only recycled paper pulp and bio plastic made from a corn starch base is used.

Help can be purchased from the website www.helpineedhelp.com, or you can make a trip to your local Walgreens, Target, or a variety of others listed on the site. They can also be followed on FaceBook and Twitter. Finally, a simply solution in an overly complicated world.