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Ebook Bestsellers

June 6, 2011

Visiting An Old Friend This past weekend I was a guest at a friend’s house and so I was fortunate to have a chance to glance over the NY Times. One of the big surprises was the listing of ebook sellers. I guess this shows how often I get to read to the New York […]

Indie Bookstores

May 24, 2011

Empty Venues South Carolina is filled with many empty malls and superstores. The retail around the state capitol is especially bleak, as there are even a few places, where a whole strip mall lays bare. As one drives by a few of these places, the overall mood is melancholy, for it is never good to […]

Good Day To Read A Book

May 20, 2011

 Spring Weather Unless you happen to reside near the banks of the Mississippi, this weekend might be a good time to grab a book, head outdoors and escape to another world, or just a different time and place. For many parts, cooler weather may still be in place, at least that’s the situation here in […]

So Many Self-published Authors

May 16, 2011

New Scenario I like self-publishing at Smashwords, but I wish I could roll back the clock to the days when it took less than an hour to get a new title up, instead of the current 48+ hours. What a difference six months makes! Nonetheless here we are smack dab in the middle of the […]

The Art of War For Writers

May 6, 2011

“He wins his battles by making no mistakes.” Sun Tzu A Hard to Define Genre I love to  read books about writing, especially when they are written by financially-successful practitioners of the craft. Some of my favorite authors in this unusual genre include Stephen King, Ray Bradbury and Natalie Goldberg. In fact, King’s book entitled […]

Kindle Expands To Germany

April 22, 2011

Yesterday Amazon announced that they now had a German division of Kindle ebooks to compliment their American and UK venues. At the same time it was stated that 650,000 titles are presently being offered, including 25,000 written in German. Although German readers have some capacity for reading and speaking English, this new development with probably […]

Here Come The E-book Gurus

April 19, 2011

Revolution Recent events in the e-publishing world have definitely changed the way we peruse, select and read books. For now, thanks to the popularity of many various electronic devices, it is possible to store and read numerous electronic books and stories in a very small virtual space. You can even download a short story that […]

Survival of Barnes & Noble

April 15, 2011

Leaving the Sand Hills Yesterday, I drove from my mother’s house near Black Creek down to Florence, SC, a mid-sized town located a little ways inland from Myrtle Beach. My destination was the Barnes & Noble bookstore located in the Magnolia shopping mall. Once there I enjoyed a nice tall cup of dark coffee and […]

Brief History of the Paperback Mass Market

April 9, 2011

This whole new e-book/tree book thing is sure taking on a life of its own, especially as the sales of the electronic works gains ground on the ever-popular paperback book. Even so, those with a personal stake in the situation should remember or be reminded that paperback books have not been around all that long. […]

Before E-book Self-publishing Was Popular

April 7, 2011

  Giant Galaxy NGC 6872 Image Credit: Sydney Girls High School Astronomy Club, Travis Rector (Univ. Alaska), “I hadn’t known the club I was trying to get into held fast to the rule that self-published books were crap and any novelist who dared try to do it by herself would only get the back of […]

Best of Both Worlds

March 28, 2011

  “Revision is where you earn your money – and if you haven’t made any money yet, revision is where you pay your dues.”  Sara Zarr This is especially good advice for anyone entering the self-publishing field with their first publication. In fact, no matter how many times you have gone you over your manuscript, […]

Book Deals

March 25, 2011

News about book deals are all over the internet today, especially a four-book offer St. Martin’s made to one of the ebook success stories, Amanda Hocking. Actually, the young lady from Minnesota made the post yesterday on her blog. It’s a very much needed in-depth discussion of why she chose to go with a mainstream […]

How To Turn Down A half A Million?

March 24, 2011

The easiest way to turn down a 1/2 million dollars is just say no. Even Nancy Reagan knows that. However, in order to turn down this much money, it is necessary to be offered such an amount. Unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, few of us are ever faced with such a dilemma. However, for anyone that […]

The New Kindle Millionaires

March 22, 2011

  2011 sales figures from Amazon and other Ebook retailers are definitely on the rise. So much so that the term “Kindle Millionaires” is now a reality. ( many thanks to N. Bransford for that phrase) And within that realm, there are two names that keep popping up. And they are Amanda Hocking and J.A.Konrath […]

500 Minutes

March 21, 2011

500 minutes! That’s how long it took me to upload my last short story to Smashwords. On the onset of my submission, I was #1396 in the queue. Finally, some eight hours and twenty minutes later my story was uploaded. Folks this is quite a change from the way things were only three or four […]

The Importance of Readers

March 7, 2011

So far my online literary world consists mostly of writers. The great emphasis here is about the how-to side of writing, but still it is important not to lose sight of the fact, that every writer needs readers. In fact, this is not a one-on-one relationship, for to survive a writer needs more than one […]

Agreed To Read Conroy

March 4, 2011

This week I agreed to attend an adult reading group that meets once a month, all the while keeping my e-book self-publishing venture all to myself. This month’s read was a 100 page novel (some might call it a novella), titled “Dawn”. It was written by the noted Transylvanian writer, (no it’s not a vampire […]

Why I Like Borders

March 2, 2011

  Today I received an e-mail from Borders notifying me that Judith Orloff, a M.D. is giving a talk at the Columbus Circle Borders in NYC. Since, I am currently in South Carolina and will not return to my home in Maine until the spring, chances are pretty slim that I will not attend the […]

Savannah Book Festival

February 21, 2011

This past Saturday, I took an excursion to Savannah, which is located about 200 miles from my winter retreat. Savannah just happens to have one of the largest historic districts in the country and though I was headed straight for this part of  town, the old architecture was not my reason for visiting the city. […]