Researching Your Book

This post, from BubbleCow, originally appeared on the BubbleCow blog on 5/8/09. The key to effective research is to know what it is that you need to know!

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Staying On Track For Non-Deadlined Projects

This post, from Devon Ellington, originally appeared on the Procrastinating Writers blog on 5/8/09. It’s easy to stay on track for a contracted, deadlined project. You know when it has to be finished and to the client/publisher/editor/agent. You have a fixed date, and, whether you break it down into do-able bits or wait until the […]

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Ten Fingers Pointing

This post, from Jason Weaver, originally appeared on his Paperback Jack site on 3/11/09. Ten technological resources for writers. I hope you find them useful:

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Writing As An Identity

This post, from Nathan Bransford, originally appeared on his blog on 5/5/09. One of the more unique aspects of writing is the way people associate themselves and their identities with their words on the page. People don’t just spend time in the evening reflecting on the capricious vicissitudes of life and/or zombie killers from another […]

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From Web to Book

Hi!  My name is Pete Porter.  I have published a book of poems cal;led "Suggestion Schemes and Other Things" that is available on Amazon, both as a paperback and in a Kindle version.  This was produced  via BookSurge and has an ISBN of 1-4392-0463-2.  However, since publishing this item I have also found that I can […]

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Tone Deaf Publishers Need Savvy Writers

This is a cross-posting of a piece that originally appeared on Loudpoet. Counting on the laziness of the author and their lack of enthusiasm for self-promotion isn’t the best business model. Just look around. Many of today’s self-published books are hard to [distinguish] from their counterpart coming out of a major NYC publishing house. As […]

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Parting Thoughts: The State Of Publishing

This post, by David Hewson, originally appeared on his blog on 4/18/09. Sitting here in the comfy Virgin Lounge in SFO with a few hours to spare I thought I’d set down a few thoughts about these last two weeks on the road in the US. Coming to America is always an enjoyable, thought-provoking process, […]

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Some of my (many) bookshelves

5 reasons having a ‘day job’ helps your writing

 This was originally posted at The Creative Penn blog on 2 May 2009.   Many writers dream of making a fulltime living from their books. The life of the career author is surely a whirl of book festivals, interviews and closeted months in French literary haunts penning marvellous literature. Who wouldn’t want that!

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Five (and One Silly) Ideas For Avoiding the Paradox of Choice in Writing

This post, by Jeremiah Tolbert, originally appeared on his site on 4/22/09. I have often written about a concept pioneered by Barry Schwartz called the paradox of choice.  Basically, the idea is that the more choices you give people, the more likely they are to be paralyzed with indecision.  It’s easier to make up your mind […]

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The Perils Of Coincidence

This article, by screenwriter John August, originally appeared on his site on 5/6/07. While he wrote it with an audience of screenwriters in mind, his point about coincidence is equally pertinent to authors of any type of fiction. Like several million people worldwide, I saw Spider-Man 3 this past weekend. And like a substantial percentage of these viewers, I got frustrated by […]

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A Publishing Person Self-Publishes

This post, by Kent Anderson, originally appeared on the Self-Publishing Review site on 5/4/09. I’ve always been a publishing person, from the time I spent studying copyright pages in books around age 8 to creating what still look like sophisticated magazines as an adolescent using only a typewriter, pen and ink drawings, and Scotch tape, […]

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Putting My Money Where My Values Are

This post, by Christine Duncan, originally appeared on the Rule of Three blog on 4/27/09. There are elitists in every area of life, and the mystery writing field is no exception. I thought I knew them all. I did know about the folks who thought you weren’t writing a real mystery unless it was (insert one) noir, a […]

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From The Editor: A Correction

In The Truth About CreateSpace’s Free ISBNs, it was stated that if an author who has accepted a free ISBN from CreateSpace subsequently removes his book from CreateSpace, CreateSpace might reassign the ISBN that was assigned to his book (aka, "recycle" the ISBN). This is not true. 

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The Future of Book Publishing (Maybe)

This piece, by David Nygren, originally appeared on his The Urban Elitist site on 12/08/08. There are many people and blogs doing an obsessively thorough job thinking about and writing about the effects of e-books on publishing, so I’m not going to try to recreate their work.  But my recent posts on the Google Book […]

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