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13 Literary Books That Young Adult Readers Will Love

What to read after you’ve finished Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.<p>Over the last decade, the young adult boom has overtaken the literary conversation. Sometimes it can seem like mega-series such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are the only things keeping the publishing industry afloat. …

On the joys of re-reading.

A hundred times may be an exaggeration, but as a child, I read many of my favorite books dozens of times and more. In the bookstore, I often hear …

Sensory Fiction: Books That Let You Feel What The Characters Do

<i>In our</i><i>"Weekly Innovation" blog series, we explore an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Do you have an innovation to share?</i><i>Use this quick form.</i><p>You know the power of a great book. It transports you, taking you into another place and time. But if well-written …

Is the literary world elitist?

What readers who take offense at unfamiliar words and challenging books are telling us about our culture<p>"The machine of consumerism is designed to encourage us all to believe that our preferences are significant and self-revealing; that a taste for Coke over Pepsi, or for KFC over McDonald’s, means …

<b>"Consumerism, requiring its products to be both endlessly desirable and endlessly disposable, cannot make sense of art, which is neither."</b><br>For several …

Literature

10 Wonderful Russian Novels You Probably Haven’t Read

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the 2014 Winter Olympics start tomorrow in Sochi, Putin’s favorite vacation spot. So why not commemorate the event …

Literature

NaNoWriMo: Classic Novels Written in a Month

Which classic novels were all written within a month? And which writer would take all his clothes off as a way of coping with writer’s block? We’re …

On Persistence, And The Long Con Of Being A Successful Writer

<i>It’s funny — my post yesterday on how a writing career takes the time that it takes comes in part from a conversation I was having on Twitter with</i> …

5 Writing Tips: Paul Harding

<b>1.</b> Write as precisely and as lucidly and as richly as you can about what you find truly mysterious and irreducible about human experience, and not …

21 Things You Need to Know About Self-Publishing 2.0 - Copyblogger

I wanted to write a book because I thought it would make me attractive to women. I thought it would make me attractive to future employers.<p>I also …

How to Build Subplots From Multiple Viewpoints

Become a Breakout Novelist!<b><br>Order Now >></b><p>Multiple viewpoints provide diversion from, and contrast to, the protagonist’s perspective. They can deepen …

How to Pick Character Names: The 7 Rules of Choosing Names for Fictional Characters

Choosing a character name for your novel is as pressure-filled as picking a name for a baby. It has to suit the character’s personality, makes sense …

A modest proposal for book marketing

It’s a pre-holiday week and a busy one following a busy one last week. So time for blogging is limited and, besides, all you readers have presents to …

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing a Fiction Series

One of the main concerns writers should have when planning and writing a series is <i>consistency</i>. But what does it mean to be consistent? It’s more than …

Writing

4 Reasons You Need a Business Plan for Your Book

Learn how to blog a book with Nina Amir’s popular guidebook.<b><br>Order Now >></b><p>If you are like most writers, when you get an idea for a book, you want to …

5 Rules Every Independent Author Should Follow

If you are a new independent author, the whole process of taking your book from planning to promotion may feel like an obstacle course. But it …

Cut to the Core: Distinguishing Common Core Myth from Reality

The Common Core State Standards have been adopted by 46 states in hopes of better preparing students for college and their careers. Broadly speaking, …

The Top 10 Charles Dickens Books

Great Expectations: The Sons and Daughters of Charles Dickens <i>is an outstanding biography of the writer with an eye toward his children, including the</i> …

Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules for Writing

<b>Elmore Leonard — author of Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Rum Punch — died today.</b><p>What was it about his suspense thrillers that made them both popular …

10 Things New Writers Need to Know

There’s only so long you can coast on that first burst of writerly inspiration. Then, if you’re serious about writing, reality sets in — and the work …

Find More Time to Write Your Novel

People ask me – you’ve got a child, a job, a commute, a house to run. How do you fit it all in? Well, to start with, all that stuff about scheduling …

Writing

4 Things to Consider When Researching Literary Agents

There are hundreds of reasons an agent will pass on your pitch—doesn’t connect with your story, not currently looking for clients, reps thrillers and …

Writing

Why Publishers, Not Amazon, Should Set Book Prices - Institute for Local Self-Reliance

Early last year, one of the big-six U. S. publishing houses, Macmillan, pushed back against the growing power of Amazon. At the time, Amazon had near …

Filler Foods

1Cucumbers<p>It’s no surprise that cucumbers have a moisture content of 90 percent. What you may not know is that they are a source of protein, calcium …

Portraits of Dogs as They Shake Off Water

For her series “Shake“, pet photographer Carli Davidson photographed curious portraits of dogs shaking off water. Use a fast shutter speed and you …

Alive Without Breath: Three Dimensional Animals Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye | Colossal

<p>Singapore-based artist Keng Lye creates near life-like sculptures of animals relying on little but paint, resin and a phenomenal sense of …

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do

WRITE EVERY DAY<p>Writing is a muscle. Smaller than a hamstring and slightly bigger than a bicep, and it needs to be exercised to get stronger. Think of …