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Romanian writer nominated for literature prize in The Netherlands

Romanian writer nominated for literature prize in The Netherlands | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
  Romanian writer Mircea Cartarescu was recently nominated for the European Literature Prize in the Netherlands - Europese Literatuurprijs, for his book (Romanian writer Mircea Cartarescu nominated: European Literature prize of the Netherlands (translation:...

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We stopped reviewing books explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys - the response was incredible. Here, we answer some of our readers' questions

We stopped reviewing books explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys - the response was incredible. Here, we answer some of our readers' questions | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
On Sunday, I wrote a comment piece explaining why I, as the literary editor of The Independent on Sunday, along with my colleagues on The Independent and www.independent.co.uk’s children’s books blog, support the campaign #LetBooksBeBooks and will not review “any book which is explicitly aimed at just girls, or just boys”. It created a bit of a stir. Parents, teachers and children’s authors and readers have responded in their hundreds, mostly praising the decision. But others have accused the papers of “censorship”, and asked us when we’ll start burning books. There have been legitimate questions… and some silly ones. So here, I attempt to answer them.
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Very sensible. Why limit your market to half the audience it could have? Not to mention participating in actions that increase gender stereotyping and serve to foster outdated principles that lead to "the war between the sexes."

 

Three cheers for the reviewers at The Independent.

 

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How Much Does It Really Cost To Professionally Self-Publish Your Own Print Book

How Much Does It Really Cost To Professionally Self-Publish Your Own Print Book | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

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Here's a good overview of the self-publishing process, from start to finish, along with cost estimates for each step.

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Robin Good's curator insight, May 18, 2013 2:00 AM



How much does it really cost to publish your own book? Miral Sattar, on PBS Mediashift, provides a very useful article outlining eight main expenditure areas and providing some indication of what the cost of doing these activities may be for an independent self-publisher.


From formatting to getting reviews, the article properly identifies all of the work steps needed to professionally publish a book without going to partner with a traditional book publisher.


I found this resource to be very useful, not so much for the precise cost ranges listed, but more for outlining so clearly to new would-be self-published book authors, how much work and how many people have been traditionally involved in this process.


While I firmly believe that today it is not necessary at all to involve all the professionals listed in this article, it is also true that for most people it is really a must to have someone checking his writing style, editing work and helping out with formatting and graphics before even considering to distribute a new book.


It should be kept in mind though that there are certainly also new alternatives for proofreading, editing and vetting your content, as well as for getting beautifully designed covers that can get those more inclined to learn to save quite a bit of money and time.



Useful. Informative. 7/10


Full article: http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2013/05/the-real-costs-of-self-publishing-book



francesco guglielmin's comment, June 13, 2013 4:53 AM
Robin don't forget www.papyruseditor.com : it's awesome tool for publish an ebook !
Robin Good's comment, June 13, 2013 11:24 AM
Grazie Francesco. :-)
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Les Leftovers: The great Medieval water myth

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Writers of historical fiction, including historical fantasy, should be aware of the myth that water was avoided by Medieval people. While Medieval people may have preferred other, usually alcoholic, beverages, they still drank water, as long as they believed it to be pure. The test for purity? Clear, odorless, and cool.

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The 12 Types of Procrastinators [COMIC]

The 12 Types of Procrastinators [COMIC] | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
In this comic, Angela Liao of 20px identifies the 12 types of procrastinators, including the list makers, the nappers and the snackers.
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Who me? Procrastinate?

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Limitations imposed by wearing armour on Medieval soldiers’ locomotor performance - Medievalists.net

Limitations imposed by wearing armour on Medieval soldiers’ locomotor performance - Medievalists.net | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Our findings can predict age-associated decline in Medieval soldiers’ physical performance, and have potential implications in understanding the outcomes of past European military battles.
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Very useful for writers of historical and historical fantasy novels.

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Free Online Novel Writing Software - Hiveword

Free Online Novel Writing Software - Hiveword | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

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This could be useful...

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marianogueira's curator insight, January 28, 1:21 AM

Un software dedicado a la escritura creativa

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Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
How top-down attention, feedback loops, and daydreaming play into the science of success.

The question of what it takes to excel -- to re
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So, it turns out that the secret to improving yourself is to practice improving yourself, have a really good feedback system to keep you on track, rest when you need it, and repeat the cycle, so you are always learning how to be better.

 

Of course, this is one of those situations that sounds very simple, but is really hard for most of us to put into practice. Which is at least part of the reason we aren't all at genius level in multiple areas.

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"The secret to continued improvement, it turns out, isn’t the amount of time invested but the quality of that time. " A thought-provoking read for writers in search of excellence.

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Hope is Required For Writing

Hope is Required For Writing | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Writing sounds easy, but it is not. Hope is required for writing, for it is an act of faith. Famous writers struggled, and so do we. We need hope to write.

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An interesting and useful examination of the importance of hope for all writers.

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KindredReaders's curator insight, December 28, 2013 10:13 AM

For those days when the words just won't come.

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This article describes the necessity of hope when a writer of any level sits down to write out their thoughts. The article mentions several famous authors' descriptions of what it takes to be a writer, and how even they required some inspiration to keep at it.

I loved this  article because it describes my exact dilemma that I wrote about in my first semester portfolio. Inspiration is a hard thing to find within yourself, but it is also the most important part of writing. The hope described in the article is really the key to finding that inspiration.

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Scientists invent the perfect coffee mug

Scientists invent the perfect coffee mug | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Scientists love coffee. More than anyone else, by some surveys.
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I'm a tea lover, and this mug is on my omg-I-want-that-now! list.

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Google's Book-Scanning Is Fair Use, Judge Rules in Landmark Copyright Case | Threat Level | Wired.com

Google's Book-Scanning Is Fair Use, Judge Rules in Landmark Copyright Case | Threat Level | Wired.com | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Google's massive book-scanning project that makes complete copies of books without the authors' permission is perfectly legal under U.S. copyright law, a federal judge ruled today, deciding an 8-year-old legal battle.
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This is good news for everyone, even if the Authors Guild still hasn't figured that out. The public can discover books containing information they might otherwise miss, and having done so, may decide to find and borrow or purchase the book. As the judge states, "all society benefits" from Google Books.

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Where one in 10 will publish a book

Where one in 10 will publish a book | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

By Rosie Goldsmith
BBC News, Reykjavik

 

Iceland is experiencing a book boom. This island nation of just over 300,000 people has more writers, more books published and more books read, per head, than anywhere else in the world.

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It's tempting to want to blame the evocative landscape or the long winter nights for all this creative activity, but those features have been part of Iceland for a long, long time. So, what is happening in Iceland that has resulted in such an outpouring of creativity? And, how can we help writing to flourish everywhere?

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Jack Kerouac Lists 9 Essentials for Writing Spontaneous Prose ...

Jack Kerouac Lists 9 Essentials for Writing Spontaneous Prose ... | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Jack Kerouac wants you to turn writing into “free deviation (association) of mind into limitless blow-on-subject seas of thought, swimming in sea of E.
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Kerouac's method, which “discourages revision… chastises grammatical correctness, and encourages writerly flexibility,” may not result in publishable work for most of us, but they may be a good way to get past writer's block and get words on the page. And if you decide to revise after all, that can be your secret.

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kafa.fi - The House in the Woods

kafa.fi - The House in the Woods | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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A wonderfully evocative collection of images by Finnish photographer Kai Fagerstrom, as he documents Life in Deserted Houses.

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The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People » Blog Archive » What should you expect from a developmental editor?

The Book Deal: A Publishing Blog for Writers and Book People » Blog Archive » What should you expect from a developmental editor? | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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Not sure what a developmental editor does, or why you might need one? Here's a good overview of what developmental editors do when they work with an author.

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Convert Any Blog, Web Page or Document Into an eBook with EbookGlue Conversion API

Convert Any Blog, Web Page or Document Into an eBook with EbookGlue Conversion API | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

 

 


Via Robin Good
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Writers interested in converting a document or a blog into an ebook may find this useful.

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Michael Ehline's curator insight, August 14, 2013 7:39 PM

Just what the doctor ordered for the attorneys at the www.circleoflegaltrust.com

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Recommended by other Curators, especially @Robin Good!

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Very useful!

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UFOs Throughout History - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

UFOs Throughout History - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
The appearance of Unidentified Flying Objects, or UFOs, in the skies is not a new phenomenon. Tales of flying objects have been around for centuries and well-documented reports have been published for the past 150 years or so. The early reports are especially intriguing as manmade flying devices had not yet been invented. Our ancestors could not possibly have been confused by the appearance of a weather balloon or a jet fighter. We cannot rule out natural phenomena such as cloud formations, of course, but the appearance of anything in the skies long before the invention of powered flight is...
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Have you ever thought of including a UFO sighting in your historical fiction stories? If so, how would (or did) you approach it? Was it a straight take, comedic, or something else? Did the characters in the story question the reality of what they saw? Was the cause of the UFO an alien craft or a magical occurrence, or was it caused by some more mundane event, such as a meteor or even a weather balloon?

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Pushing Past Writing Blocks | Inside Higher Ed

Pushing Past Writing Blocks | Inside Higher Ed | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
RT @JeffreyGuterman: my comment re: Pushing past #writing blocks #writersblock #research
http://t.co/kcj73HpzJ2
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Although written from the perspective of an academic writing for academia, the insights about writing apply across the board, to all writing. No stunning new insights, but a useful reminder for those of us who struggle, as I do, with writing blocks.

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Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Year of The Ruby Slippers: These Five Networks Aren't in Kansas Anymore by Nora Stasio, Fairy Tale News Reporter

Enchanted Conversation: A Fairy Tale Magazine: The Year of The Ruby Slippers: These Five Networks Aren't in Kansas Anymore by Nora Stasio, Fairy Tale News Reporter | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
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So many reimaginings, but will any of them be able to convey the wonder and magic of Oz? If you were going to reimagine Oz as a TV or cable series, would you prefer to use only the basic setting, or would you prefer to adapt one of the original books by Oz (or one of his successors) and, if so, which one?

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The Original Girl Detective

The Original Girl Detective | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Much of Kate Warne’s life is shrouded in mystery, which is fitting considering she was America’s first female detective.
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Great story!

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Wellcome Images Now Available Free of Charge Under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Wellcome Images Now Available Free of Charge Under the Creative Commons Attribution Licence - Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Wellcome Images provides a huge archives of more than 100,000 high resolution photographs, ephemera, maps, paintings and drawings. The company has now made a major announcement: Dear colleague, We have some very important news to announce.
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Looking for artwork for the cover of your historical novel, on which to base your own artwork, or for a history project with your students? A huge archive of material is now free under the creative commons attribution licence, making over 100,000 high-res images available to the public.

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A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog

A million first steps - Digital scholarship blog | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose.
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These images will be of interest to wide range of people, including historians, writers, artists, and more.

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The Sound of . . . Sound in Novels | Live Write Thrive

The Sound of . . . Sound in Novels | Live Write Thrive | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
Insights, inspiration, and practical advice for writers
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Should your next novel be packaged with an included soundtrack?

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Matthew Schuler | Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense

Matthew Schuler | Why Creative People Sometimes Make No Sense | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

I’ve been having an insightful shuffle through Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s book Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People. Mihaly is a seminal professor of Psychology and Management, and is the Founding Co-Director of the Quality of Life Research Center at Claremont. He writes:

“I have devoted 30 years of research to how creative people live and work, to make more understandable the mysterious process by which they come up with new ideas and new things. If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an individual, each of them is a multitude.”

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Wow! This explains so much!

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How to Use Reading to Become a Better Writer | Write to Done

How to Use Reading to Become a Better Writer | Write to Done | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it

There are two ways to become a better writer, in general: write a lot, and read a lot.
There are no other steps.
Of course, within those two general directives, there are lots of more specific advice I can give you, and that other professional writers would offer. Let’s take a look at the second general directive: read a lot.


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Steve Tuffill's curator insight, October 16, 2013 8:01 AM

I could not agree more.

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How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ... - Gamesauce

How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ... - Gamesauce | Writing and Other Crazy Stuff | Scoop.it
How to Write for Video Games – featuring Rhianna Pratchett (Tomb Raider) and ...
Gamesauce
Writing for video games is an esoteric art. It's very different from writing novels, comics, film scripts or event blog posts like this.
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Because you know you've thought about it!

 

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