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Why Can't A Woman Write The Great American Novel?

This book review, by Laura Miller, was originally posted on Salon.com today. Every few years, someone counts up the titles covered in the New York Times Book Review and the short fiction published in the New Yorker, as well as the bylines and literary works reviewed in such highbrow journals as Harper’s and the New York […]

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How Not To Write A Novel

Book Review: ‘How NOT To Write A Novel’, by S. Newman & H. Mittelmark

I am not currently writing fiction, so this book was more for pleasure reading than related to my own writing.  Still, I had to write about it as it is truly a must-read for every writer.

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Good Ideas vs. Bad Ideas

This post, by author and screenwriter Marshall Thornton, originally appeared on his blog on 2/7/09.   I’ve come to believe that there are no such thing as bad ideas. Yes, Tom Green did make a movie called Freddy Got Fingered and that was a bad idea. But, Tom Green in himself is not necessarily a […]

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<p><img alt="" align="left" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_d_yxMc3N2xs/SZyzptBpgDI/AAAAAAAAAKg/yKRTyDRALsE/s320/Smashwords+Norman.JPG" />Just a few short months ago, Greenwich Village author Norman Savage was on the verge of earning a book deal with a large New York publisher for his memoir, <em>Junk Sick: Confessions of an Uncontrolled Diabetic</em>.<br />
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Then in October, the market crashed, consumer spending seized, and the publishing industry was suddenly less willing to take risks on unproven authors.  The deal disappeared.<br />
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Interview with Indie Author Norman Savage

Just a few short months ago, Greenwich Village author Norman Savage was on the verge of earning a book deal with a large New York publisher for his memoir, Junk Sick: Confessions of an Uncontrolled Diabetic. Then in October, the market crashed, consumer spending seized, and the publishing industry was suddenly less willing to take […]

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<p><em>On the <a target="_blank" href="http://books.sorodesign.com/"><em>Soro Design Book Design Blog</em></a></em><em>, </em>Cecilia Sorochin offers a multi-part blog series<em>.  In the series, Cecilia walks you through the professional designer's process of designing not only the cover and interior layout of a book, but the design of a companion website as well.  You can learn a lot from her, and if you like, you can even </em><a target="_blank" href="http://sorodesign.com/about.htm"><em>hire her</em></a><em>.</em></p>
<p>I find the design process really interesting, maybe more than the finished work.</p>
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<strong>Why?</strong> <span style="font-size: smaller"><em>(just my point of view)</em></span> Because during that collaborative process between designer & (ideally) author is where the visual personality of the book will be defined.</p>

The Design Process For A Book & More

On the Soro Design Book Design Blog, Cecilia Sorochin offers a multi-part blog series.  In the series, Cecilia walks you through the professional designer’s process of designing not only the cover and interior layout of a book, but the design of a companion website as well.  You can learn a lot from her, and if you like, you can even hire her. I […]

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A Review of The Jade Owl . . . but more

This is not the first review of my novel The Jade Owl, but this is the first one that has add commentary on Indie Publishing and POD. I thought it would be interesting to share it on Publetariat. Edward C. Patterson www.dancaster.com   "From Aricia’s Gay Book Blog review by Aricia

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<p>I just returned late Thursday night from the O'Reilly Media <a target="_blank" href="http://www.toccon.com/toc2009">Tools of Change conference</a> in New York City. This was my third year at the conference. The first year I attended as a reporter for <a target="_blank" href="http://venturebeat.com/2007/06/22/publishers-move-to-split-ebooks-into-pieces/">VentureBeat</a>, and then these past two times as a speaker. For the benefit of those of you who didn't attend, I'll share some of my personal highlights, in no particular order:</p>

Notes from the TOC conference

I just returned late Thursday night from the O’Reilly Media Tools of Change conference in New York City. This was my third year at the conference. The first year I attended as a reporter for VentureBeat, and then these past two times as a speaker. For the benefit of those of you who didn’t attend, […]

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Record your book: 3 ways to speak your book instead of write it

There are a number of ways you can now have a book without writing it. Some people think best out loud, so talk your book and then edit afterwards. Here are some options:

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An Interesting Viewpoint on Indies

I’d like to share this from Independent Publisher Online Magazine: [http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1276] The Good, The Bad & The Simply Ridiculous Why Independent Publishers Can Rule the World by Nina L. Diamond For the last two decades, we’ve all seen that neither the major publishing houses’ crazy business model nor the variety of business models used by […]

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The Hero's Journey

Publetariat Editor’s Note: Chris Vogler, author of the fantastic The Writer’s Journey, Mythic Structure For Writers, now runs Storytech, a literary consulting firm. In this excerpt, reprinted from his site, he provides an outline and overview of Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey, a theory and model of storytelling Campbell wrote about in his classic book, The […]

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What is Publishing 2.0 and why is it great news for writers?

Publishing 2.0 is changing the way books are written, published, sold and promoted over the internet utilising Web 2.0 technologies. Authors can now use these tools to self publish and get their message out there themselves. You do not need a publisher to write and sell your books, and you are not confined anymore by […]

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