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Write the Great American Novel In 10 Easy Steps

1) Be a dude, ideally dead. (Twain, Mailer, Faulkner, Hawthorne, Melville)<p>a. If you are not a dude, be:<p>i. Toni Morrison<p>ii. A woman who publishes only one book her entire life (Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell,<p>Harriet Beecher Stowe**)<p>b. White and privileged is good (Fitzgerald, Hemingway)<p>c. So is drunk …

Book News: Not Everyone's A Fan Of Amazon's Fan Fiction Move

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>Amazon's move last week to begin selling fan fiction has prompted a backlash in the online community. On the one hand, the deal would do away with the copyright restrictions that keep writers of fan fiction from …

Use eFlip Standard to Improve eBooks Sale Is Very Effective

Guang Zhou, Guangdong -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/31/2013 --A new flipbook making software called eFlip Standard has been released by PageFlipPDF.com, a …

eBooks

Reading the electronic way: 6 factors to finding the best ereader for your needs (with video)

Print<p>Related<p>Choosing an ebook reader used to be easy.<p>There was virtually no choice.<p>If you wanted a device that would let you download electronic …

eReaders

Guy Kawasaki Book: Author Talks About Self-Publishing Revolution (VIDEO)

Guy Kawasaki, author, former chief evangelist of Apple and HuffPost blogger, stopped by HuffPost Live to talk about his new book and the self-publishing revolution.<p><i>Check out the video above!</i>

4 Funding Success Stories From Real Entrepreneurs

• Share<br>• Flip<br>• Pin<br>• Email<p>Updated April 23, 2018<p>From using credit cards to bank loans to Kickstarter, methods of funding your business dreams are limitless. …

Reeder, gReader & Other Popular Feed Reading Apps Partner With Feedly Ahead Of Google Reader Shutdown

In less than a month, Google Reader will shut down for good, according to the countdown timer on Digg.com, a company now in the process of building a replacement. For end users, the loss is one of a simple, fast and powerful front-end for browsing news feeds, but for developers working on apps in …

How Amazon's commercial fan fiction misses the point

Kindle Worlds tries to crack a huge market, but it could lose the most interesting elements of fan writing<p>In 2007, former Yahoo executive Chris Williams decided it was time to make money off fan fiction. "I work for a brand-new fan fiction website called FanLib.com and my colleagues and I want it …

Illuminated ebook readers comforting for eyes

Readers of ebooks aren't just enjoying a good book, they're giving their eyes a break, thanks to the high contrast of the display, which is good for …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Amazon Studios launches free storyboarding tool

The online store's film and TV arm introduces Storyteller, a program that will scan a script, populate it with characters and backgrounds, and let users comment on the end results.<p>Only a handful of the thousands of scripts plugged into Amazon Studios have gotten picked up, but the company has set …

All the Publishing Information You Ever Wanted

Many of you have been reading my blog for a while, but you might not be aware of how much information is available in my archives. Just as a …

9 Tips on Becoming a More Creative and Productive Writer - Copyblogger

Dorothy Parker famously said:<p><i>“I hate writing. I enjoy having written.”</i><p>Don’t we all? We <i>love</i> the end result, the feeling of accomplishment and creative …

The art of structuring a Novel. Those First Fifteen Pages Are Critical. - Caleb and Linda Pirtle

There is no right way or wrong way to write a novel. But, without structure, the story, which in the final analysis, is all that counts, can wind up …

Ten rules for writing fiction

<b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to …

10 Forgotten Fantastical Novels You Should Read Immediately

Fans of magical prose and magical worlds, take heart. Titan Books has recently released a special limited edition version of steampunk legend James …

34 Writing Tips That Will Make You a Better Writer

A couple of weeks ago we asked our readers to share their writing tips. The response was far beyond the initial expectations, and the quality of the …

John Steinbeck’s Six Tips for the Aspiring Writer and His Nobel Prize Speech

Today is the 110th birthday of writer John Steinbeck, whose great novel of the 1930s, <i>The Grapes of Wrath</i>, gives an eloquent and sympathetic voice to …

Writing Tips by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell

Here's one way to become a better writer. Listen to the advice of writers who earn their daily bread with their pens. During the past week, lists of …

7 Nobel Speeches by 7 Great Writers: Hemingway, Faulkner, and More

<b>William Faulkner, 1949:</b><p>Almost every year since 1901, the Swedish Academy has apportioned one fifth of the interest from the fortune bequeathed by …

How to Immediately Become a More Productive (and Better) Writer - Copyblogger

You want to become a better writer.<p>I know this because you’re reading Copyblogger.<p>I also know that you <i>fear</i> becoming a better writer.<p><i>This</i> I know …

Why Emotional Excess is Essential to Writing and Creativity

The third volume of Anaïs Nin’s diaries has been on heavy rotation in recent weeks, yielding Nin’s thoughtful and timeless meditations on life, mass movements, Paris vs. New York, what makes a great city, and the joy of handicraft.<p>The subsequent installment, <b>The Diary of Anais Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947</b> …

Why Adrienne Rich Became the Only Person to Decline the National Medal of Arts

Beloved poet, essayist, and reconstructionist <b>Adrienne Rich</b> (May 16, 1929–March 27, 2012) is celebrated as one of the most influential literary voices of the twentieth century, her essays and poems having catapulted into the forefront of collective conscience controversial issues like sexual …

The Science of Storytelling: What Listening to a Story Does to Our Brains

In 1748, the British politician and aristocrat John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, used a lot of his free time for playing cards. One of the …

Writing

Structural Editing For Self-Publishers

<i>Following on from last week’s very popular guest post, Why Hire An Editor?, Robert Doran, editorial director at Kazoo Independent Publishing</i> …

H.P. Lovecraft’s Advice to Aspiring Writers: Timeless Counsel from 1920

<i>“If there is a magic in story writing,”</i> Steinbeck admonished, <i>“and I am convinced there is, no one has ever been able to reduce it to a recipe that can be passed from one person to another.”</i> And yet, famous advice on writing abounds.<p>In January of 1920, iconic science fiction and fantasy author <b>H. P.</b> …

Before you spend money on publishing services, read this

As indies get ever more professional, an entire service industry is springing up to offer us services for every occasion. At this year’s London Book …

8 Keys to Self-Publishing Success Today

There are good reasons why self-publishing is taking off and drawing in all kinds of authors. This week we heard that funny guy and movie star <b>Jim</b> …