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Thoughts from A NaNoWriMo Loser

December 6, 2011

 Winners & Losers All you have to do to win during the national writing month of November is to enter 50,000 words or more into the National Novel Writing Month website and you get access to a little banner that you can display on your website or comments around the internet. Presumily, the words have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Early Days of E-publishing

February 7, 2011

  The first Kindle reading device appeared in 2007, ShakataGaNai from Wikipedia The Kindle has only been around for three and a half years, but e-publishing is much older than that.  Ten years ago e-publishing was quite different, but it still was possible to put out a good title and get results by working the […]

A World of Wonders

February 4, 2011

Yesterday a fascinating quote appeared at Buzz, Balls & Hype an interesting blog maintained by novelist MJ Rose. Here’s the quote; “Education is a great shield against experience. ….. It makes you wise in some ways, but it can make you a blindfolded fool in others.” –Robertson Davies, World of Wonders However, everyone should note […]

Quote of the Day

January 29, 2011

“Horse breeders did not invent the motorcar”. While surfing around the internet today, I came across this quotation over at a site called Shelf Awareness. The words come from Jacob Epstein, a reviewer for the NY Review of Books, as he was writing about a technology book called “Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in […]

Agent For A Day

January 26, 2011

A funny thing happened to me this morning. I opened my mailbox and lo and behold there were over a thousand e-mails in my mailbox. No, I had not suddenly become popular on the internet. Instead the sudden accumulation of written messages came courtesy of the 4th Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge, where I […]

Oh Boy! Another Writing Contest

January 25, 2011

I love these agent sponsored writing contests that appear from time to time on agent blogging sites. I have never won anything, but the response time is minimal and since I have several manuscripts in various states of completion, it is never a big deal to get material together for a submission. The only drawback […]

Hooray For Ray

January 19, 2011

Ray Bradbury is a well-known for his full length literary works, such as “The Martian Chronicles”, “Fahrenheit 451”, “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked Comes This Way”. However, there is another side of Ray Bradbury, that the general public may not so be aware of. And that is his ability to put together a good short […]

Writing Contest for Literary Fiction

January 10, 2011

For anyone who has an unpublished manuscript for a novel lying around the house, Chuck Sambuchino & Co. over at “Guide To Literary Agents” are currently running a contest. Writers have until January 23rd to submit the first 150-200 words of the manuscript, which should fall under the category of “literary fiction”. At least three […]

More Than Just A Translator

January 4, 2011

“The publicity was good, but you can’t eat a publicity sandwich,”  Lazy Lester (American R & B songwriter) . Steven T. Murray is the English translator for Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, which includes “The Girl With The Dragon Tatto”,  “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked Over the Hornets Nest”. Ordinarily, […]

More Blogs

December 13, 2010

Searching around the blogosphere I have come across several informative and fun literary sites that I failed to mention is first go-around, while exploring the web. The first link goes to an old NY veteran, who blogs only occasionally. His name is Alan Rinzler, and he blogs at a site called The Book Deal. Even […]