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Isabel Allende: By the Book

Isabel Allende: By the Book | Words on Books | Scoop.it
The author of the forthcoming novel “Maya’s Notebook” says reading Gabriel García Márquez made her want to become a writer: “I thought, ‘If this guy can do it, so can I.’ ”...
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Isabel Allende is absolutely one of my favorite authors. Discovering that reading another one of my favorite authors, Gabriel García Márquez, inspired her to become an author is delightful.

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ThrillWriting: Writing with an Accent: Info for Writers with Peter Schmitz

ThrillWriting: Writing with an Accent: Info for Writers with Peter Schmitz | Words on Books | Scoop.it
RT @FionaQuinnBooks: Writing with an Accent: Info for Writers w/ @schmeterpitz #amwriting #writingtips http://t.co/28esl7ceOB
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This is an interesting discussion looking at dialect and accents from an acting standpoint and how it relates to writing. Worth reading.

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Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing - Lifehacker Australia

Keep One Unpublishable, Private Journal To Improve Your Writing - Lifehacker Australia | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Writing is a deeply personal habit. There are plenty of ways to beat writer’s block, but if you want to get the words flowing and improve the qu...
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This is a good reminder that not all writing has to be about getting to the daily word count. Sometimes we have to write just for ourselves or to ourselves. Do you keep a journal?

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A Look into The Life of A Published Author

A Look into The Life of A Published Author | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Someone told me recently that I live the dream. I've been a full-time writer for a while now, and just landed my first book deal last month. Currently my novel The Automaton of Miss Ada Stirling is...
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These are some short insights into the mind of one published author. What do you think about or worry about as a published author?

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Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book

Boy Says He Didn't Go To Heaven; Publisher Says It Will Pull Book | Words on Books | Scoop.it
The young man at the center of The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, Alex Malarkey, said this week that the story behind the 2010 book was all made up.
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What causes writers to make up stories and promote them as memoirs? Is it the desire for money or fame? Or, does a desperation to get their message out overpower integrity?

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Egypt's independent publishers face off against mainstream rivals - Asharq Alawsat English

Egypt's independent publishers face off against mainstream rivals - Asharq Alawsat English | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Asharq Alawsat English Egypt's independent publishers face off against mainstream rivals Asharq Alawsat English “My ambition is a modest and extremely realistic one: I want the publishing house to have its own press [printing facilities] so that we...
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Why Business Books Are Blue (And Other Tricky Marketing Techniques) - Fast Company

Why Business Books Are Blue (And Other Tricky Marketing Techniques) - Fast Company | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Yes, you judge books by their covers. Here's what draws you in.
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Have you looked at the covers of the books you own and thought about why the covers look the way that they do?

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The Importance of Scaring Children - The Atlantic

The Importance of Scaring Children - The Atlantic | Words on Books | Scoop.it
The long tradition of moral ambiguity and unhappy endings in kids' fiction returns with Evangeline Lilly's The Squickerwonkers.
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It's true that we tend to try to shield children from fear now, I believe. We've even made traditional monsters such as Frankenstein friends and protectors rather than objects of fear. I wonder how it impacts our society over time if there are more monsters but every day their are real-life people whom we are taught to fear just by watching the news or reading the paper. Does it make us more or less fearful?

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'All-New Captain America' lands at Marvel's diversity front line - Los Angeles Times

'All-New Captain America' lands at Marvel's diversity front line - Los Angeles Times | Words on Books | Scoop.it
When Marvel took to ABC’s “The View” and Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” in July to announce that a woman would become Thor and a black man would become Captain America in its comics, debate ...
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Blog: Trends in Book Publishing: Stop Calling Women 'Girls' · Readings.com.au

Blog: Trends in Book Publishing: Stop Calling Women 'Girls' · Readings.com.au | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Readings &emdash; independent Australian retailers and online merchants of fine books, music and film.
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Certainly a reasonable point about referring to adult female characters as girls gratuitously. I'd be interested in the authors' points of view about the word choice in their titles.

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Picture Books For Adults That You Should Read Immediately - Huffington Post

Picture Books For Adults That You Should Read Immediately - Huffington Post | Words on Books | Scoop.it
For generations, adults have accepted that growing up means putting aside picture books, a seeming necessity tweaked in Lewis Carroll’s paean to childhood, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: “‘What is the use of a book,’ ...
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These are your favorite parts of your favorite Kindle books

These are your favorite parts of your favorite Kindle books | Words on Books | Scoop.it

New data from Amazon gives us a peek at the most popular highlights in some of the service's most popular books.


Via Luca Baptista, Sara Rosett
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I don't typically highlight my Kindle books but I'm glad for others who did, providing the data for this article. So many lovely quotes from books I love...

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Nice to see the Bible included. :) 

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Stone Mattress review – Margaret Atwood's new collection of short stories

Stone Mattress review – Margaret Atwood's new collection of short stories | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Horror stories, fantastical worlds and something very nasty in a storage unit: a sly take on the memories and myth-making of old age. By Justine Jordan
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The best science fiction novels in April – review roundup - The Guardian

The best science fiction novels in April – review roundup - The Guardian | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Eric Brown on Claire North’s Touch, Paul McAuley’s Something Coming Through, Elizabeth Knox’s Wake, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Signal to Noise and VE Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic
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Some of these sound like great fun to read.

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Before it was vanity, there was self publishing – BookBaby

Before it was vanity, there was self publishing – BookBaby | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Self publishing has been around for a century. The list of notable self-published authors is extensive, and shows it's a respected way to launch a career.

Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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When people try to make you feel bad about self publishing, remember that many of the greats did it.

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High School Teachers Guide Students Into Self-Publishing - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

High School Teachers Guide Students Into Self-Publishing - U.S. News & World Report (blog) | Words on Books | Scoop.it
These high school classes are churning out published teen authors.
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This is cool. Some high school teachers are helping their students to become published authors. Imagine the level of self-confidence these kids must have after than accomplishment. Self-publishing truly has democratized storytelling.

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Which books would make today's list of 100 greatest children's novels? - The Guardian (blog)

Which books would make today's list of 100 greatest children's novels? - The Guardian (blog) | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Top authors and former poets laureate have been nominating their favourite children’s books – what would you add to a modern rollcall of classics ?
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The 15 Fiction Books by Black

The 15 Fiction Books by Black | Words on Books | Scoop.it
These literary gems are the best books by writers representing the full range of the African Diaspora.
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This is a great list with lots of titles we may have missed last year.

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50 Shades and the new queens of self-publishing - Irish Independent

50 Shades and the new queens of self-publishing - Irish Independent | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Once seen as a last resort for failed authors, there was another major boost for self-publishing this week.
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Self-publishing gains more respect each day despite the naysayers in the traditional publishing world and women seem to be leading the way.

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The 23 Best Science Fiction Books by Female Authors - The Best Sci Fi Books

The 23 Best Science Fiction Books by Female Authors - The Best Sci Fi Books | Words on Books | Scoop.it
It wasn't until the 1960s that a large influx of female authors appeared on the science fiction scene.

Via bobbygw, Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)
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Just bought Midnight Robber. I can't wait to get started on it.

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Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, November 22, 2014 11:40 PM

And they used to say ladies can't write science fiction!

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Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet” - The New Yorker

Why I Am Teaching a Course Called “Wasting Time on the Internet” - The New Yorker | Words on Books | Scoop.it
The vast amount of the Web’s language is perfect raw material for literature.
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Nine novels later - Texas A&M The Battalion

Nine novels later - Texas A&M The Battalion | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Cody Franklin — THE BATTALION
Ted Boone, Mays Business School lecturer, participates in the kick-off event for NaNoWriMo.
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NaNoWriMo in action on the ground.

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Hachette, Amazon put down their swords on ebook pricing - New York Business Journal

Hachette, Amazon put down their swords on ebook pricing - New York Business Journal | Words on Books | Scoop.it
After an unusually intense and public fight over pricing, one of New York's most prominent publishers and the world's largest book seller are friends again.
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The battle is over.  Two questions remain: 1) Was this the first battle in what could really be a lengthy war to be fought publisher by publisher? 2) Who won, Amazon or Hachette?

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Prominent Editor Exits Amazon Publishing Unit

Prominent Editor Exits Amazon Publishing Unit | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Ed Park, a novelist who shaped Amazon’s sole literary fiction imprint with his taste and connections, is leaving, raising questions about the program’s future.

Via Sara Rosett
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Another area of concern for Amazon?

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Sara Rosett's curator insight, November 9, 2014 8:14 PM

One author laments that with his book published through Amazon "there was no possibility of setting up a reading tour that involved bookstores." 

 

News flash:  there's little to no possibility of most authors getting a reading tour at bookstores.

 
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The Fifty Shades effect: women dominate self-publishing - The Guardian

The Fifty Shades effect: women dominate self-publishing - The Guardian | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Maggie Brown: The success of EL James’s erotic trilogy has led to a surge in the number of middle-aged women producing ebooks
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The assumption that many would-be authors lack education, or even worse, that people with less formal education are somehow not entitled to tell their own stories is why self-publishing is a great equalizer. Now women, people of color, and poor people's stories can be told, not through the biased lens of traditional publishing but with their own voices.

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Boxes, books, and bananas: A peek at the MIT Science Fiction Society - MIT News

Boxes, books, and bananas: A peek at the MIT Science Fiction Society - MIT News | Words on Books | Scoop.it
Founded in 1949, group now maintains what may be the world’s largest open-shelf collection of science fiction.
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Over 62,000 science fiction books in one place...

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