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Reading a Book Via Text – What?!

By Teodora Zareva: How This Couple Turned Teens’ Love of Texting Into Love for Reading Books | Big Think

Now this is an interesting concept. How many of you would like to read a book this way? Personally, I try to find ways not to be on my phone, but I suppose, waiting at the doctor’s office or someplace else, it might be handy, but it would take me a long time to get through a book.

I can definitely see it for teens though. And for the people that think it corrupts the reading of books . . . Just like comic books, anything that can get younger people reading is fine with me. Is this going to be your next novel?!

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John Grisham’s 3 Must-Haves of Novel Writing | WritersDigest.com

This small piece was written by Tony Vanderwarker who just happened to be a neighbor and friend of John Grisham. Now is that a writer’s dream come true or what?

from telegraph.co.uk

from telegraph.co.uk

I like John’s suggestions but I’m pleasantly surprised he says to hook them in the first 40 pages, I would have thought it would have to be sooner than that. I’m glad he says otherwise because I agree with him on this point. You read all the time how you’re supposed to hook the reader on page one. Well, I think we don’t give readers enough credit.  John Grisham’s 3 Must-Haves of Novel Writing | WritersDigest.com.

Cost of Self-publishing Laid Out

self-publishing-a-book-2Have you always wanted to know what the going rate was for services related to self-publishing? Below are two resources I have come across recently that might help you out. The Bibliocrunch info is what most people need to know, The Writer’s Market piece by Lynn Wasnak is written for people in the publishing/writing business so it has more information than most authors need, but it will give you a good idea of the high and low costs for various services. I don’t know how old Lynn’s information is. There is no date on the piece.



Barnes and Noble as Library – can it work?

b and NSerendipity and Samples Can Save Barnes & Noble – Bloomberg.

I don’t think Virginia’s idea of a Barnes and Noble book warehouse/membership house would work. Sounds like a library to me. But it is a good question whether B & N can survive. Smaller stores might be a better idea. If they go under, my guess is the indie bookstores that have managed to stay afloat will still be around and can fill in the gap.

I am no fan of B & N since they make it very difficult (if not impossible) for indie authors to put their books in their stores (unlike the sadly defunct Borders), but I do buy from them on occasion.

As with most things, time, and the pocket book, will tell.

Secrets of working with an Editor

I’ve never seen information presented in a slide show. It was kind of nice to view it that way, interesting, different.

As an editor, Mark’s style guide idea is a good one, but I don’t think I’d need all the information he asks for. I do like knowing what writing rules the writer has broken so I don’t waste time correcting something the writer wanted there in the first place. I don’t know how many people told me to change cliches in my book Rosebloom. I like cliches, sometime, and I left them in there on purpose.
What he didn’t mention was telling the editor the intended audience for the book. The language and references can be quite different for a piece depending on the audience.
Thanks Mark!

Amazon eats Goodreads


If you’re a Goodreads fan, you might want to read this and decide for yourself if David is correct. Goodreads is a great place for authors and writers to connect. I hope Amazon doesn’t mess that up. I’m a bit skeptical, but time will tell.