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  • Heidi Fiedler 5:16 pm on 2017/03/28 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , youtube   

    20 Ways to Live a More Bawse Life, Inspired By Lilly Singh’s How to Be a Bawse 

    With over 7 billion people on Earth, you have nearly countless opportunities to knock someone’s socks off. And if your ambitions are a little broader, turn to YouTube trailblazer and all-around rockstar Lilly Singh, sharing her hard-earned wisdom in How to Be a Bawse. With powerful advice, personal stories, a juicy bit of name dropping, top-notch design, and full-color photographs that ooze personality, our favorite online unicorn breaks down the mental, physical, and spiritual hustle required to feel bawse in every area of your life. Can’t wait to read her new book, out today? Get started living the bawse life with the tips below. When you’re ready for world domination, pick up Singh’s latest to get more guidance.

    1. Expect to work hard. Dismiss shortcuts as distractions. Seek stairs, not escalators.
    2. Cultivate self-awareness. Knowing yourself better than any HR manager, friend, or enemy makes you the bawse, no matter who you work for.
    3. Welcome hard truths. Embrace discomfort. Mastering your mindset is essential to success.
    4. “If you can’t control a situation, prepare for it.”
    5. Figure out your priorities, hustle toward them, and ignore the rest.
    6. Make mistakes. Own them. Call yourself out. Figure out how to prevent it from happening again. Apologize in a real way.
    7. Choose to conquer life, not just survive it.
    8. Commit to your decisions. Love them so hard you want to marry them.
    9. When faced with FOMO, think about your future self and do whatever will make her proud.
    10. Don’t feel like doing the work? Hold off on freaking out and reinventing your life. Instead, spend time getting inspired. Bingewatch an amazing show like Game of Thrones. Read an interview with an artist you admire. Pick up a magazine you’ve never read
    11. Make a vision board and visualize exactly what success looks like to you. Get specific, look for patterns, imprint your dreams on your subconscious. Then get to work.
    12. Aim high, so your negotiations will land exactly where you need them to.
    13. Feel free to alter strategy and technique as life inevitably changes, but forget the possibility of Plans B, C, or D. There is only Plan A.
    14. Be strong, knowing no one thing has the power to make or break you. Your career is the sum of all the hard work you do.
    15. Take care of your body so it can keep up with your hustle.
    16. Review your stresses at the end of each day and problem solve how you can avoid them or make recurring tasks easier in the future. If that means buying three iPhone chargers so you never find yourself without a working cell, do it.
    17. Surround yourself with smart people who can support and advise you while you focus on doing what you do best. If you can become friends with The Rock, all the better.
    18. Never stop investing in yourself. Take classes. Interview mentors. Hire coaches, VAs, team members, experts. Develop a lifestyle that encourages growth.
    19. When you’re meet someone for the first time, act like the bawse you are. Listen closely and stay engaged. Focus on being present. And, of course, overdeliver.
    20. Know that it’s not enough to work hard and rock your business. Lilly wants you to be the kind of person who genuinely enjoys life and makes other people happy too.

    How to Be a Bawse is on shelves now.

    The post 20 Ways to Live a More Bawse Life, Inspired By Lilly Singh’s How to Be a Bawse appeared first on Barnes & Noble Reads.

  • Heidi Fiedler 5:44 pm on 2015/10/16 Permalink
    Tags: coding, , minecraft, , youtube   

    Three Books for Makers Available ONLY at Barnes & Noble 

    Are you and your kiddos joining Barnes & Noble for the Mini Maker Faire November 6-8? It’s totally free and it’s taking place at ALL Barnes & Noble stores. We can’t wait to meet all our fellow makers, check out product demos, and hear from leaders in the maker movement.

    The three books below are perfect for young makers and their parents to read either before or after the Mini Maker Faire—and they’re available exclusively at Barnes & Noble.

    Making YouTube Videos, by Nick Willoughby
    Whether your kids are drama queens, young activists, or pint-sized mad scientists, their future is video. YouTube is where more than a billion people go to express themselves and connect with others. This exclusive book shows kids how to star in their own videos and post them online. There are tips and tricks on digital technology and ideas for creating content. And you won’t find this book anywhere except Barnes & Noble.

    Getting Started with Coding, by Camille McCue
    These days, kids are practically born knowing how to download an app or create a Vine, but the real power comes when they learn how to code. This is how ideas become everything from bestselling eBooks with augmented-reality features to 3D-printed prosthetic hands. Exclusive to Barnes & Noble, this book introduces kids to the basics of coding. The simple activities encourage confidence and build a foundation of knowledge that give young coders the freedom to design any digi wonder they can dream of.

    Modding Minecraft, by Stephen Foster
    Steampunk barn? Sure. Postapocalyptic submarine? Why not! A loop-de-loop castle in the sky? Build it, you crazy maker! The mega game Minecraft has been proven to improve abstract thinking, spatial reasoning, and creativity in players young and old. If the builders in your house are obsessed, grab a copy of this book while you’re at the Maker Faire. It’s packed with ideas and pro tips to help kids design their own totally unique mods, and it’s available only at Barnes & Noble.

    To learn more about the Barnes & Noble Maker Faire, click here! We hope to see you there!

  • Jenny Kawecki 6:11 pm on 2015/09/25 Permalink
    Tags: a work in progress, , brad montague, color me creative: unlock your imagination, connor franta, dan howell, hello life, i hate myselfie, in real life: my journey to a pixelated world, , , kid president's guide to being awesome, kristina webb, marcus butler, , pewdiepie, phil lester, , robby novak, , shane dawson, the amazing book is not on fire, this book loves you, , youtube   

    Bestselling Books By Our Favorite YouTube Stars 

    I love YouTube as much as the next twenty-something American, but there’s one teeny problem: I can’t put my favorite YouTube stars on my coffee table, or give them as gifts to my friends. Which is why one of my favorite recent trends in the publishing world is taking YouTube phenomenons and bringing them into print. From the mostly sarcastic musings of Dan and Phil, to the incredibly open essays of Tyler Oakley, here are some of the best books written by the internet famous:

    This Book Loves Youby PewDiePie
    What would the world look like if we all accepted how incredibly average we are? PewDiePie (AKA Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg) has the answer, and it’s beautifully illustrated in all 240 pages of This Book Loves You. The owner of the most subscribed channel on YouTube, PewDiePie has been providing us with hilariously entertaining video game advice since 2010, now he’s branched over into life-advice territory. Stop caring! Stop dreaming! Just be average! It’s a lesson for the ages, folks.

    Binge, by Tyler Oakley
    If you thought you knew everything there is to know about Tyler Oakley just because he overshares on YouTube, you’re wrong—he still has tons of amazing, funny, and deeply personal stories to tell. It’s the same up-front humor you know and love, but covering more ground than ever before. Binge is more than just a history of Oakley’s rise to YouTube-fame; it’s a brave dive into some of the best and worst moments of Oakley’s life, laid out in all their hilarious detail.

    Selp-Helfby Miranda Sings
    Want to know how to become internet famous? Worried that you don’t have enough real talent to make it? Never fear; Miranda is here! If you’ve seen Miranda’s YouTube channel, then you already know she’s full of helpful tips and tricks to hone your skills and become just like her. But because Miranda is truly generous and wonderful, she took the time to put it all down in print. Made up of step-by-step tutorials, quizzes, and general advice, Selp-Helf is Miranda’s guide to becoming just as successful as she is. Step one: ignore the haters.

    The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire, by Dan Howell and Phil Lester
    There’s no way to get enough of Dan and Phil (danisnotonfire and AmazingPhil), which is why it’s pretty much the best news ever that they’ve written a book together. Covering everything from teenage diary entries, to how to draw the perfect cat whiskers (because it’s okay to be your weird self), The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire is essentially the literary equivalent of crawling inside Dan and Phil’s minds and rolling around for an hour or two. Best of all, it’s full of all of the awkward, wonderful details you didn’t know you were missing until Dan and Phil decided to share them with you.

    I Hate Myselfie, by Shane Dawson
    Like most YouTube personalities, Shane Dawson is good at telling us a lot without actually telling us that much about himself—until now, that is. In I Hate Myselfie, Shane chronicles his life growing up as an introverted, socially awkward kid who would eventually become internet famous, with all of the candid, don’t-hold-back humor that has earned him his 12 million YouTube subscribers.

    Hello Life!, by Marcus Butler
    Meet Marcus Butler, your YouTube big brother. And like any good big brother, Marcus is ready to offer you all of his best unsolicited life advice from a just-slightly-older-than-you perspective with his book, Hello Life! Because really, who knows more about being a grown-up than a 23-year-old British guy? Tackling everything from being healthy, to dating, to staying organized, Marcus applies his trademark humor-meets-sincerity in a heartwarming, entertaining way you can’t help but love.

    Really Professional Internet Person, by Jenn McAllister
    What’s it like to grow up on YouTube? Jenn McAllister, AKA Jennxpenn, is part of the first generation to really know the answer to that question. From her first YouTube upload in middle school, to her rise to fame in high school, Jenn’s grown into adulthood with a constant presence on the internet. Half advice, half autobiography, Really Professional Internet Person is here to show you how to make your mark on the web—and, more importantly, how to survive high school with your sanity intact.

    Color Me Creative: Unlock Your Imagination, by Kristina Webb
    Want to be more creative but not how? Kristina Webb’s Color Me Creative is a good place to start. She’s long been inspiring millions of followers via her Instagram account, but now she’s offering a book full of personal stories and art challenges to help even more people unleash their inner artists. And, for an even more in-depth experience, Color Me Creative includes an app full of interactive features and videos to really get your creativity going.

    Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome, by Robby Novak and Brad Montague
    Ten-year-old Robby Novak, AKA Kid President, has a lot to say about how to make the world a better place. For example? Live every day like it’s your birthday, or, better yet, everyone else’s birthday. Eat more burritos. Be chill. Full of energy and optimism, Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome is full of all the light-hearted, silly advice you’ll wish someone had given you when you were ten, and you’ll definitely be ready to elect Robby Novak by the time you’re done reading.

    Pointless Book 2: Continued By Alfie Deyes, Finished By You, by Alfie Deyes
    What’s better than a pointless book? Its equally pointless sequel, of course. Luckily for you, Alfie Deyes, the man behind PointlessBlog, has made not one but two pointless books (with a third on the way!). Part journal, part activity book, Pointless Book 2 offers a series of challenges and activities to help you do nothing as successfully as possible. Because, let’s be honest, sometimes the best thing you can do is nothing.

    A Work in Progress, by Connor Franta
    Connor Franta is basically everything we want to be when we grow up: passionate, funny, and incredibly talented (plus he has great hair). In this memoir, Connor lets us inside the world behind his YouTube channel. From growing up in the Midwest to growing into his individuality, A Work in Progress details Connor’s coming of age in a touching, enjoyable way with an inspirational message for everyone who’s ever worried that they aren’t ready to pursue their own passions.

    In Real Life: My Journey to a Pixelated World, by Joey Graceffa
    We’ll admit it: half the reason we want this book is so we can stare deeply into Joey’s eyes on the cover. But okay, the other half is because we can’t stop watching Joey Graceffa on YouTube. He’s sweet, he’s upbeat, he’s honest, and In Real Life captures all of that perfectly. Joey’s struggles are relatable: difficult family life, bullies at school, teenage rejection, and, most of all, that familiar fear of being who you really are. Proof that things get better and that you can learn to be comfortable with who you are, Joey’s story is here to give you hope—and to look really pretty on your bookshelf.

    Who’s your favorite YouTuber-turned-author?

  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 4:00 pm on 2015/09/16 Permalink
    Tags: , , Chelsea Handler, , i am not myself these days, josh kilmer-purcell, telling it like it is, , youtube   

    YouTube Star Tyler Oakley on Oversharing, Favorite Authors, and Binge 

    Fans of YouTube phenomenon Tyler Oakley may feel as though they already know this smart, hilarious, and forthright star personally. But in his new book, Binge, Oakley opens up to readers, sharing stories about love, relationships, and other personal subjects he has rarely discussed until now. In this guest post, Oakley shares some of his favorite authors with us—writers whose wit, grit, and courage to share their own experiences have inspired him to dig deep.

    While writing my new book, Binge, I realized that what I most love to write are the things I most love to read. You are what you eat, and you write what you read.

    I love the concept of oversharing. When I read a Chelsea Handler book, I love knowing that nobody in her life is safe from being exposed. Whether it’s her best friends, family, or hookups over the years, everyone gets a moment on blast—but the biggest target of all will always be herself. She never comes out looking better than her counterparts, and I admire that. It’s easy and even fun to expose your friends, it’s much harder to do it to yourself. Chelsea is great at it, and My Horizontal Life is an incredible example. Between graphic sex stories and adventures with friends, I feel like I’m getting the inside scoop from a bestie anyone would wish to have. Having usually reserved all my juicy morning-after stories for gay brunch in West Hollywood, I became ready to finally share them with my audience, and Handler’s candidness showed me how to do it.

    Life is not always happy-go-lucky, and some of my favorite books from Augusten Burroughs look at the darker sides of growing up. To really know love and happiness, you need something with which to compare them, and when I read Dry or A Wolf at the Table, I’m shaken to the core and forced to face my own demons. While I was writing, a friend of mine asked if I left blood in the pages—if my book Binge would be more than a Draw My Life-style narrative of how I got into the YouTube scene, which is something viewers might reasonably expect from a YouTube personality. The answer is yes, I absolutely left blood on the pages. Sharing the worst days of my life may help readers in the same way reading Burroughs’s Dry helped me—to feel less alone. Some of these stories have been kept secret all my life—not even my best friends and family know the truth (until now).

    As a YouTuber, there are certain things I’ve always considered sacred—love most of all. I rarely discuss relationships in videos, although they’re at the top of every request I get from viewers. Love feels personal, and when someone shares the complete truth of one of their love stories, I feel privileged to be allowed a peek into that keyhole. Every time I read I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell, I feel grateful and understood. Even though it’s a love story between a drag queen and a meth-addicted hooker (and I am neither of those things…yet!), I relate to it. It’s raw, honest, and touches on the fears and insecurities that every relationship must endure. While writing Binge, I decided to share the story of my own first real love, and I hope readers can feel understood, too.

    My favorite authors, like my favorite YouTubers, are storytellers. Someone who can take something trivial and tell it in a captivating way will always keep me coming back for more, especially if their voice shines through. David Sedaris is the absolute best at this. His voice, both literal and written, is crystal clear, and his stories, even on subjects so small that the average person might overlook them, are always memorable and hilarious. My life has largely been about immediately oversharing on the Internet, but as soon as I began to write my book, my impulse to turn on the camera switched to picking up a pen. I’ve saved my absolute best stories—happy and sad, embarrassing and encouraging—for Binge. I hope even people who have never seen a YouTube video will be able to hear my voice through my own storytelling, and that it will offer them something meaningful and memorable.

    Binge will be in stores October 20.

    Photo Credit: Rae Marshall Photography

  • Jenny Kawecki 4:00 pm on 2015/08/20 Permalink
    Tags: , , internet stardom, , , , youtube   

    10 Reasons You Should Be Excited for Jenn McAllister’s Book Debut, Really Professional Internet Person 

    At 19, Jenn McAllister has already done more than we will probably do in the next century and a half. She’s starred in a movie, gone on a national tour, and practically taken over YouTube with her channel Jennxpenn. And, as if that wasn’t enough to be totally, completely awesome, she’s gifted the world with her new book, Really Professional Internet Persona half-biography, half-how-to on what it’s like to grow up as a YouTube personality. Not hooked yet? Here’s why you should really, really want to read it:

    1. She’s amazing. And hilarious. 
    This is not surprising; Jenn is, after all, famous for being funny. (Don’t believe us? Check out this video. And this one.) But what might be slightly less obvious is how unstoppable Jenn is. She doesn’t let anything—not high school, anxiety, haters, or being stuck on a boat in the middle of nowhere—get in her way. Her dedication to doing what she loves is truly inspiring, in the best, cheesiest way possible.

    2. Want to climb your way to YouTube stardom? Jenn can tell you how. 
    Whether you’re already trying to be internet famous or not, by the time you’re a few chapters deep in Jenn’s book, you’ll definitely want to be. The good news is, in between sharing stories from her life, Jenn throws out tips ranging from how to collaborate with other YouTubers to how to deal with trolls. She can’t make you famous, but she can sure help you try.

    3. Great tips on how to survive high school—and the internet.
    Speaking of trolls, there are two places that are absolutely full of them: high school and the internet. When her YouTube channel started picking up viewers while she was in middle school and high school, Jenn had to deal with far more than her fair share of bullies, both IRL and online. And as someone who only recently made it through the gauntlet, Jenn knows exactly what you do and don’t need to care about (do: making friends you can trust; don’t: anything related to prom), and how to deal with the inevitable conflict that comes with interacting with other humans.

    4. New facts to boost your cred in the Jennxpenn fandom department. 
    Already a Jennxpenn fan? Reading Really Professional Internet Person will make you a fan extraordinare with never-before-told facts from Jenn’s life growing up. Not a fan? Now’s your chance to become one—this book will fill your head with such a repertoire of Jenn facts no one will know you weren’t part of the club from the beginning.

    5. You will want to be Jenn’s best friend. 
    If nothing else, Really Professional Internet Person left us dying to be BFFs with Jenn McAllister. She’s cool, she’s funny, she’s got a great sense of fashion, and she knows the importance of real friendship. What more could you want? From pulling pranks to attending cons, there’s nothing you won’t want to do with Jenn.

    6. Jenn’s mom. 
    But if you want Jenn to be your best friend, what you’ll want even more is for Jenn’s mom to be your mom. She’s supportive, she’s funny, and she knows how to get stuff done. Whose mom is willing to pull her kid out of high school and let them move all the way across the country just to follow their dreams? Jenn McAllister’s mom, that’s who. If reading this book doesn’t make you want to be adopted into the family, you’re reading it wrong.

    7.What’s it like to grow up with the internet? Jenn knows.  
    In a weird new way, Jenn’s generation is the first to really grow up online, with social media—for everyone else, the internet was always becoming a thing, but for Jenn, it’s just been there. So if you’re curious about what it’s like to be one of the first major channels on YouTube or just what it’s like to grow up with YouTube at all, Jenn’s got some perspective—including the messy, trolling, life-hacking side of things we’d all like to ignore.

    8. A glimpse at Jenn’s rise to fame from her side of the story.
    At some point in our lives, we’re all fans of someone or something that suddenly goes from sorta-famous to super-famous in what seems like the blink of an eye. And it can be hard, when you’re on the not-so-famous side of the story, to not be worried about your previously hipster-level love changing with all the newness of having fame, success, and millions of fans. Luckily, Jenn is here to reassure us. Sure, some things have to change (like the level of security around your tour bus), but at the heart of it all, there’s still the same personality we fell for in the first place.

    9. Cameos by other internet personalities you know and love. 
    One of the strangest concepts to wrap our minds around is the fact that Jenn is friends with tons of other YouTube stars—in a lot of ways, they grew up together as one big, happy family. So walking in and out of the pages of Really Professional Internet Person are other YouTubers you already know: Rebecca Black, Tyler Ward, Jack Baran, and many, many more. And it’s cool to see them doing the same things we do, like looking for roommates and grabbing food at all hours of the day.

    10. Did we mention Jenn is really, super funny?
    For real. She’s just funny. Need more convincing? Try this. And this. And this.

    Are you excited to read Really Professional Internet Person?

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