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What Happened to Hillary Clinton’s Book Sales????

September 22, 2017

Hillary’s loss to Trump was a heartbreaker, but in the aftermath, the former first lady has improved her book sales from her previous title, Hard Choices.

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Riding Literary Coattails

August 17, 2012

Brisque E-book Towards the end of July, Jason Konrath in his excellent blog, A Newbie’s Guide To Publishing, did a little plug for an erotic take-off of Alice In Wonderland written by Melinda DuChamp and available on Kindle, first as a free download and currently as a paid download. The ebook cover with its series […]

Writers Who Skipped College

June 11, 2012

“When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn’t go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.“    Ray Bradbury Death of a Literary Giant Ray Bradbury died last week and upon his death, I happened to take a quick […]

Quotations From Chairman Ray

June 6, 2012

In Transition I just heard the news today. Ray Bradbury died last night, June 5, 2012. He had spent over 91 years on the planet and who knows where his soul will end up. Here is a hint that the science fiction writer might be making a long journey. Nonetheless, no matter what your belief […]

A Hot Prairie Wind

June 5, 2012

Entering Nebraska We were on our way to eastern Nebraska, when me and my traveling partner got dropped off at a busy intersection along I-76 in eastern Colorado. Unfortunately, we did not see the state prison until it was too late. This meant a 20-mile detour along two-lane highways, but eventually we got let off […]

Marilyn, The Reader

May 16, 2012

In the News Today, I turned on one of those morning news TV programs and learned that the Marilyn Monroe statue in Chicago was being taken down and moved to Palm Springs, CA. To be honest I never knew such an art creation had been put up. Once I realized what the statue was and […]

Lessons From a Master, Reading Patterson

May 2, 2012

More Is Less I picked up a copy of James Patterson’s  Honeymoon, because I needed something to read and there was an abandoned copy of the book just lying around my place to stay. In fact, this was the only book available for leisure reading, but still after perusing the back cover and opening credits, […]

Maine Festival of the Book Comes of Age

April 3, 2012

2012 Book Festival in Portland Maine Today I received an e-mail from the national magazine, Poets and Writers, concerning a book festival in Portland, Maine that begins today and carries on through the weekend. For those interesting in attending, Saturday is the big day, but Friday does have an interesting opening night, including an illustrated […]

Reading Old Short Stories

December 11, 2011

Paperback Collections of Short Stories Recently, at my place to stay, I came across a old much used paperback edition of short stories edited by the English writer, V.S. Pritchett. More formally known as Sir Victor Sawdon Pritchett, the British author was born in 1900 and lived until 1997, making th man an excellent chronicler […]

A Reader of Scandinavian Crime Fiction

December 1, 2011

Northern Lights in Sweden with the rarely seen blue flames, courtesy of Wikipedia, picture by Varjisakka. What Is Scandinavian Crime Fiction Scandinavian Crime Fiction is a literary art form that easily falls under the category of Crime Fiction or even “Mystery”. The main difference between the mystery authors of Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark is that […]

A Book On Travel Quotes

October 13, 2011

Armchair Travelers Not only is armchair traveling safer, but it is more economical as well. Still, voyagers to far off lands sometimes return to write about what they have learned and what philosophical truths they have learned along the way. Many writers ranging from Mark Twain to Jan Morris have left home, returned and successfully […]

The Dilemma of Unpublished Novelists

October 8, 2011

Cheap Read My place to stay had a shelf full of used paperbacks; and since I could not afford a new title, I perused the books and picked out a novel by Mario Puzo, called The Dark Arena. So far this story about life in post-WWII Germany has been a fun read. With a little […]

Neil Young Joins The Rock’n Roll Memoirists Club

October 7, 2011

Neil Writes A Book Neil don’t look quite as young as he used to, but apparently the influential singer/songwriter is still going strong at age 65. Now besides all his musical performances, the Canadian musician has a book that will soon be published. According to the NY Times ArtBeat the book will be tentatively called […]

Short Story Revival

September 9, 2011

Short Story Revival There is a good bit of speculation and even some proof that the rise of e-books might rejuvenate the short story. One such piece of evidence are the single e-books now offered by Amazon on their Kindle format. Several months age Amazon started a program, where authors and/or publishers can submit medium […]

Revisiting Joel Chandler Harris

August 24, 2011

Biography Joel Chandler Harris was born in Eatonton, Georgia in 1845. His father abandoned the family at an early age, so Joel was raised by his mother with some financial help from a local doctor. During the War Between the States, Harris worked on the Turnwold Plantation. It was during these years that the young, […]

Talking Animals

August 21, 2011

Past Use of Talking Animals From Aesop’s Fables to Grimm’s Fairy Tales and up to the present talking animals have played a small, but vital role in literature. In modern literature, perhaps CS Lewis’s novel the Chronicles of Narnia illustrates how the use of a talking animal can heighten a manuscript. In Chronicles, one of […]

Literary Star Releases E-books

June 25, 2011

Harry Potter In E-book J.K. Rowling announced this week that the Harry Potter series will be now available  on electronic readers as an e-book. To further add fuel to the fire, Rowling has decided to market the e-books herself rather than go through the traditional literary agencies and booksellers that usually handle e-books for successful […]

Using Images As Prompts

June 22, 2011

History of An Image I snapped this picture, while wandering around Prague with an old Pentax viewfinder film camera. The year was 2003 and it was my first visit to the continent. Immediately upon encountering this real-life and surreal setup, I knew I had a memorial picture. In real life, some nursery (trees and plants) […]

Who’s Afraid of a Large Black Man

June 14, 2011

Famous Author Sighting It’s not everyday that you get to glimpse a famous author, while standing in line at a grocery store. It happened to me last week, as I was waiting to pay at the Pathways Supermarket, located in a black middle-class neighborhood of  North Philly. The temperature on that early June day had […]

The Stats Are In

June 7, 2011

Mini Vacation Ended For anybody who visits this blog on a regular or irregular basis, you might have noticed that I have been silent for a week or so. The reason for this has been a brief journey I made to Pennsylvania with my mother. She is now headed back to the Carolinas and I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Evrybody’s Talkin’ ‘Bout Dose E-books

March 9, 2011

This Sunday night. I had a chance to watch 60 Minutes and listen to Christopher Hitchens philosophize about life and general and his desperate fight with cancer. I even stayed tuned until Andy Rooney came on a screen, which is something I don’t always do. And guess what; he was talking about e-books. Here’s a […]