Write Resources List – where to get help with craft

Inkalicious Writer’s Cheat Sheets – from plotting to writing sex scenes, from editing to pitching, it’s all here Lightning Bug – helping you write a story from beginning to THE END Caro Clarke’s Writing Advice articles – character, dialog, pacing and more Juiced On Writing – the writing process: tips, techniques & how-tos Archetype Writing – […]

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Advertisements For Yourself: Can, and Should, Book Authors Become Brands?

This piece, by Jill Prulick, originally appeared on The Big Money on 1/28/09. People in the book business rarely agree on much, but no one disputes that the long-suffering industry is slogging through one of its worst periods ever. Editors are freezing their acquisition budgets; publishing houses are shrinking; booksellers are teetering on the edge […]

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Book publishers, R.I.P.?

This piece, by Novella Carpenter, was originally published on sfgate.com, the online arm of The San Francisco Chronicle, on 2/24/09. In this bad economy, it’s tougher than ever to sell books I had always thought that books were recession-proof…

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<p><i>This is a cross-post from <a href="http://kindleformatting.com/blog/2009/02/kindle-2-review-formatting-perspective.php">my Kindle Formatting blog</a>.</i></p>
<p>There have been a couple of really good Kindle 2 reviews in the last day or two, including <a href="http://www.xmlaficionado.com/2009/02/amazon-kindle-2-review.html">Alexander Falk's</a>, which I found to be a good overview of the changes and adjustments in the K2. What I am going to bring you now is a review of the formatting and book display changes that come to us in the new device, some of which are great and some of which are just going to cause frustration. I'm going to list them in no particular order.</p>

Kindle 2 Review, the Formatting Perspective

This is a cross-post from my Kindle Formatting blog. There have been a couple of really good Kindle 2 reviews in the last day or two, including Alexander Falk’s, which I found to be a good overview of the changes and adjustments in the K2. What I am going to bring you now is a […]

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Andrew Keen Could Learn A Thing Or Two From Us Monkeys

In his book, The Cult of the Amateur: how today’s internet is killing our culture, author Andrew Keen argues that Web 2.0 (content for media consumers created by media consumers) will soon spell the death of Western media culture as we know it. I don’t disagree with him, but unlike Mr. Keen, I don’t think […]

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Mur Lafferty and "New Media"

This post, by Edmund Schubert, originally appeared on his Side-Show Freaks blog, and features a guest post from author Mur Lafferty. A few weeks ago I posted an essay about achieving success in the publishing industry that included a link to an article posted on Time Magazine’s website. One of the people quoted in that Time article was […]

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<p><em>This post, by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blogger.com/profile/01835657544617220110">Alexander Falk</a>, was originally published on his <a target="_blank" href="http://www.xmlaficionado.com/">XML Aficionado</a> blog on 2/24/09.</em></p>
<p>My <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00154JDAI/"><span style="color: #993300">Kindle 2</span></a> arrived from Amazon today!</p>

Amazon Kindle 2 Review

This post, by Alexander Falk, was originally published on his XML Aficionado blog on 2/24/09. My Kindle 2 arrived from Amazon today!

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O'Reilly Tools of Change (#TOC) Trip Report, Pt. 2

Now that a couple of weeks have passed since the TOC conference, the main thing that has stuck with me is the fact that many—perhaps most—of the mainstream publishing staffers present at the Tools Of Change conference aren’t truly ready to change.

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Overcoming Writer's Block

“You just can’t get there from here.” How many times have you heard that direction-giving joke? But often that line describes a type of writer’s block. You’ve written up to a certain point. You know where you want to go up ahead. But what do you write in between? Personally, I have wasted hours, days, […]

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Social Pressure Can Solve The 'Copying' Problem Even Without Copyright

This article, by Mike Masnick, originally appeared on techdirt on 2/23/09.  from the reputation-is-a-scarce-good dept Whenever we talk about a world without copyright, people chime in about how awful it would be because someone can just "take" someone else’s content and pretend it’s their own. However, that’s not nearly as easy as people make it […]

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Where to Submit Your Book for Review

Book reviews can be a powerful marketing tool for books of all types. Potential customers learn about books by reading reviews in newspapers, consumer magazines, professional journals, newsletters, ezines, book review websites, and other websites and blogs. In addition to bringing books to their attention, well-crafted reviews also help the reader determine if a book […]

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Who Is Grady Harp? Amazon's Top Reviewers And The Fate Of The Literary Amateur.

This article, by Garth Risk Hallberg, was originally posted at Slate on January 22, 2008, but is no less revelent to the world of Amazon reviews today. Full disclosure: It was late at night, in a fit of furtive self-Googling, that I discovered the first Amazon customer review of my debut book of fiction. "Superb," […]

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Publishing Industry – Change or be Damned?

This article, by Mick Rooney, was originally posted on his POD, Self Publishing and Independent Publishing blog on 10/10/08.   Over the past month, there has been considerable debate about the current state and future of the publishing industry across the internet on writer’s forums and blogsites. Some of the discussion was sparked by Boris […]

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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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When To Schedule Bookstore Events (And When Not To)

This piece, by Yen, was originally posted today on The Book Publicity Blog.  While it’s geared toward mainstream authors and publicists, indies can benefit from this advice as well. Friday night I was chatting with a novelist friend who said she was a little surprised her publisher wasn’t sending her on a book tour, given that […]

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