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For your reading list

Author Hannah Sternberg (debut YA novel just out)  has an essay with an interesting premise: “B-side books” — less-than-famous novels by famous writers.  

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In praise of authorial intrusion

An author ought to consider himself, not as a gentleman who gives a private or eleemosynary treat, but rather as one who keeps a public ordinary, at which all persons are welcome for their money. — opening sentence in the … Continue reading

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Can Job is now on Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble

Slowly, slowly making progress!!! I’ve now uploaded my first indie-published novel, Can Job, to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and now Smashwords. Cost is $2.99. It’s only available as an ebook now, but soon I’ll have a print edition out as … Continue reading

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Can novels take your breath away?

Dani Amore, writing on technorati.com, weighs in on the “how to price an ebook” debate by attempting a comparison between songs and novels. This cracked me up: A song that sells for 99 cents that just happens to be a … Continue reading

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Fear of the banal is a good thing, actually

Okay, so I so get this post, and I’m glad there are writers out there who have the sense to be afraid of being banal. And here is why, and yes I’m harping again on the topic I alluded to … Continue reading

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Dialogue tips for the mouths of babes

Okay, so the intent of this piece is not to help fictioneers but to lament a trend in spoken English. It’s by Clark Whelton, who as a speech writer for NY City mayors Ed Koch and Rudy Giuliani (!) screened … Continue reading

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Pop goes the book bubble

In NY Daily News, Alexander Nazaryan — writing about Border’s troubles — makes an this observation: What happened to real estate is now happening to books: An industry colluded to push an overpriced product on a public whose purse strings … Continue reading

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Can you think a good book?

That’s a serious question. I’m pondering it because of the explosion of writerly advice that crops up all over the intertubes these days. Like this piece, which has a lot to offer, don’t get me wrong. And goodness knows craft … Continue reading

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The coming nonfiction e-tsunami. Watch out for floating “Babe Ruth bars.”

Website Magazine cites a research report from Yankee Group that estimates ebook sales will reach $2.7 billion in sales in 2013. That’s compared to $313 million two years ago, in 2009. Quite the leap. Average prices, meanwhile are expected to … Continue reading

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Too old to write?

In a blog post that also appeared in The Guardian, Amanda Craig voices her suspicion that publishers favor younger women writers. “Up until the 1980s,” she writes, “it was expected that novelists would be people of some age and experience.” … Continue reading

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