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1,661 pulp novels as free e-books

1,661 pulp novels as free e-books | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it

I don't remember how I found out about Munseys. It's a website with links to thousands of out-of-print books, with over 1,500 pulp era novels. (RT @BoingBoing: This cool website offers more than 1500 pulp era novels as free e-books.


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These aren't necessarily detective stories, but my mother remembers mentioning   detective novels as a literary genre in her Stanford 1955 English class, and was completely shut down.  Now there is a whole class at the university devoted to the dective novel.  She feels vindicated.  You never know the jewels you may find in the past!

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Avoiding Writing Paralysis Due To Over-Analysis | - Linkis.com

Avoiding Writing Paralysis Due To Over-Analysis | - Linkis.com | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
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I wouldn't think that anyone still over analyzes their work before publishing, but it still happens. The sweet spot is between quickly written drafts and a few hours of consideration before publishing.  That said, here are some ideas to overcome analysis paralysis.

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I wouldn't think that anyone still over analyzes their work before publishing, but it still happens. The sweet spot is between quickly written drafts and a few hours of consideration before publishing.  That said, here are some ideas to overcome analysis paralysis.

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The Michelle/Mishka Project: Is prose the ultimate measure of a book's value?

The Michelle/Mishka Project: Is prose the ultimate measure of a book's value? | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
A discussion of the elements that make a good book, and why prose is not alone.
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A good question to ask, does all writing, all books, need to be great works of literature?  Can a book or film be good enough?  Sometimes readers just want the story, not necessarily soaring and sometimes difficult prose.  Give us the meat and the heat.  With so much more competition for our attention, should we give the storytellers a break and acknowledge that they convinced us to not only purchase, but read their work?

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Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life: Ray Bradbury on Creative Purpose in the Face of Rejection

Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life: Ray Bradbury on Creative Purpose in the Face of Rejection | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
"The blizzard doesn't last forever; it just seems so."

Famous advice on writing abounds -- Kurt Vonnegut's 8 tips on how to make a great
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Just a little encouragement if you are working to publish and you don't even get a rejection slip, just the lonely sound of crickets.  Buck up, and throw another story or poem into that dark void of the internet, just doing so makes you legitimately a writer!

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How to Think and Write Creatively - Write Hacked

How to Think and Write Creatively - Write Hacked | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Who doesn’t hate writer’s blocks? Some writers think they are cursed, while others feel like diseased when they find themselves unable to produce creative work.
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It's frustrating to be creatively blocked.  This article delivers some excellent ways to jump start your creativity.  I also recommend walking - even around the block, showers and vacuuming.  Try an activity that takes only a third of your concentration. The activity and "general" focus will free your sub -conscious and allow for better inspiration.  Plus you'll have a cleaner house.

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5 Ways Aspiring Authors Get Tripped Up in Wishful Thinking

5 Ways Aspiring Authors Get Tripped Up in Wishful Thinking | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
I recently had a coaching session with an author who’s finished with her manuscript and ready to shop it. Like most of the writers I work with, it’s taken her…
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I like Brooke Warner and She Writes Press.  I think the answer to this basic desire of authors to spend years on their book and minutes on Social Media is the same desire to get any unpleasant task over with.  We love to write, we hate to market. 

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The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People: INFOGRAPHIC

The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People: INFOGRAPHIC | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Haruki Murakami works on creative projects from 4am to noon. He spends the next hour exercising and the rest of the day on food/leisure until he goes to bed at 9pm.
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Sometimes we think creative work is an all day event, when often, as in this infographic, it's not.  I couldn't help notice that Charles Dickens spent no time updating his status on Face Book.  

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The Innovator's Storybook: Creativity and the Well-Told Tale

The Innovator's Storybook: Creativity and the Well-Told Tale | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Telling stories is easy. Everyone knows how to do it. But telling great stories is incredibly difficult. Novelists go through years of drafts and workshops before they end up with the best version of their work.

Via Ken Cooper
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Spoiler alert, the last line in this excellent essay is the last: The person you might think is your villain just might turn out to be your hero.  This is also the drum I beat in critical thinking and writing - the more you research, the more you write, the story will change - either because the characters take over and control their own destiny (when the villain becomes the hero)  or when you discover what you thought was true, wasn't.

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Student Problems on Twitter

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A+ for creativity pic.twitter.com/clah4DYMKj
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I love out of the box answers - and that is a very good thing, since my oldest child was a genius at it.  We asked him what the capitol of California was - he answered,  "the letter C".  Be careful what you ask for and be very careful how you phrase the question.  Unless you have a sense of humor.  And an outlet.  I take really bad sentences from my students and use them in our Podcast bit - Tortured Sentences.  You have been warned!


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Six Stupid Marketing Metrics That Need to Die

Six Stupid Marketing Metrics That Need to Die | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it

Metrics & ROI - It's amazing what some marketers are still measuring. Maybe they don't know any better, or maybe they're just married to legacy metrics that once made sense.


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It's one thing to have a hundred likes (thank you to everyone who acknowledged our anniversary post), but for your business, do likes translate into buys?  It's hard to keep up with Social Media, even more difficult to determine if popularity equals profit.  At this point - no.  So look at what your social media efforts - are all those FB and Instagram postings translating to sales?  To reputation?

I'm working on that question myself!

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Violent pavé dans la mare des KPI et du ROI sur le web.

Du Page Rank à la plupart des outils contenus dans le Google Webmaster Tools, il n'y a pas grand-chose qui trouve grâce aux yeux de ce contributeur de MarketingProfs ...

Du coup, les nombreux posts de ses lecteurs demandent tous la même chose : "ok, mais alors qu'est-ce qui peut marcher ? ...".

A suivre ...

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Buying likes and high PR links are not going to help. It will have an adverse effect. Sometimes, Google may blacklist websites who are involving in buying high PR spammy links..
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Buying likes and high PR links are not going to help. It will have an adverse effect. Sometimes, Google may blacklist websites who are involving in buying high PR spammy links..
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HBO: It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise: Synopsis

The official website for the HBO Documentary Film It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise, featuring videos, images, interviews, resources and schedule information.
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I adore Eloise, I grew up with her, the bad-ass six year old who ruled the Plaza Hotel.  Had Kay Thompson paid attention, Eloise would have been as ubiquitous as Snoopy, but she didn't - an interesting lesson in sharing your art and vision.

I am most impressed that the producer, Lena Durham, has a tattoo of Eloise.

I never thought of that.  Good idea.

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My Biggest Novelling Fails

My Biggest Novelling Fails | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
A novel can only be as perfect as the person (or people) who write it, and no matter how incredible a work of fiction can seem, there are mistakes, bad choices, and strings left untied. Fortunately...
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This is a fun, easy article on what NOT to do with your novel and your writing product:  don't try to please everyone, don't try to make the work perfect, and don't hide your work.  Oh, and the most important advice: don't take yourself too seriously. 

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The Truth About Having Time to Create

The Truth About Having Time to Create | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Why don't we create as much as we want? What’s the one thing that keeps most Americans from being able to create?If you look at the results from the research firm StrategyOne, you will get one part of the story. The firm surveyed 5,000 adults - 1,000 each in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan - in 2012 about their attitudes and beliefs toward creativity and published the results in the state of create study.The firm identifies what it calls The Creativity Gap.85% o
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Great article by Jeffrey Davis, the one thing I would add is one of the blocks to creativity is guilt.  When we suddenly are offered time to create - an afternoon, a day - a week! - our brains immediately list all the more "worthwhile" activities we "should" be doing.


I don't know if this is our Puritan heritage choking our wild right brain down to a manageable and organized size. Or we are just unable to detach from our busy world.  I don't have the answer, just asking the question.


Now I'll leave my desk and think about it while I unload the dishwasher.

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Santa Rosa author talks about 'Future Girls'

Santa Rosa author talks about 'Future Girls' | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
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“I agree with Madeleine L’Engle,”
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Shout out to Peg Melink for a great article on Future Girls in the Press Democrat (hard copy Sunday Feb, 15). 

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Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids

Five Clever Ideas to Spark Independent Reading by Kids | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Letting kids choose what and how they read without judgment is a great way to get them hooked. Joining a "Somewhat Virtual Book Club" can also help.

Via Darla Grant
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Connecting books with other forms of entertainment: video games, film, apps, tv show, is a great way to bridge the gap between reading and "fun".  I also think that we need to get over the idea the reading is superior to other forms of relaxation and  that literature is "better" than film. Books are part of the whole, and if an author does his or her job, that book will become "better than".  But first we need to make books part of our lives.

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Darla Grant's curator insight, July 29, 11:47 AM

Teacher reading/books clubs are a great idea!

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Why Podcasting Interviews Are Essential – BookBaby blog

Why Podcasting Interviews Are Essential – BookBaby blog | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
When developing your book marketing strategies, the written word is not your only option. Podcasting interviews are an effective way to reach new readers.
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This is just an excuse to promote my Podcast, Newbie Writers.  We love interviewing authors and sharing their triumphs and techniques with our listeners.  If you write or have a skill you'd like to promote, podcasts are fun and very easy.

Check them out!

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Advantages in DISadvantages---Does Our Culture Really Value "Normal"?

Advantages in DISadvantages---Does Our Culture Really Value "Normal"? | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Last time, when we talked about Barnes & Noble, I mentioned a book by Malcolm Gladwell David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants.  This is a really interesting book...
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I love what Kristen Lamb asks in this blog - are we educating people and rewarding people for thinking inside the box during a time when we desperately need innovation?

And if you were the kid in the hall instead of Citizen of the Week, this blog will brighten your day!

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32 Honest Company Slogans

32 Honest Company Slogans | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Cliff Dickens Honest Slogans site is a treasure trove of corporate truths – here are some of our favourites. 1. You Tube 2. Adobe 3. Google  4. Ben and Jerry’s 5. Pizza Hut 6. Linked In 7. Men’s Health 8. Victoria’s Secret 9. Yellow Pages 10. Chapstick 11. Frosties 12. iTunes 13. Netflix 14. Harley-Davidson …

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This is a classic writing prompt: what if companies told the truth?  What if we said, buy this beer so you will think, after four, that you are irresistible?   Of course, everyone knows dreams and promises are far more popular than reality and experience.

Still, at  the very least we should make an effort to promote clever and somewhat honest advertising.  Just because it's fun.

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This Itch of Writing: the blog: Creative Writing PhDs: the paradoxical beast

This Itch of Writing: the blog: Creative Writing PhDs: the paradoxical beast | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
The Creative Writing PhD is an odd and perhaps paradoxical beast. Since, as Thomas Keneally says, paradox is beloved of novelists, I'm hoping that it will stay that way.
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I did not know it was possible to earn a PhD in Creative Writing!  How interesting is that?  However, there is still the ROI question - and university openings question.  Can we justify earning an advanced degree just to say we did it?

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4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries - Copyblogger

4 Simple Steps to Writing a Blog Post That Floods Your Inbox with Inquiries - Copyblogger | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
If your current blogging strategy isn't growing your online business, learn a proven method for writing one blog post that turns readers into clients.
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Well, the four steps here aren't exactly simple, but they are helpful. The main focus of an industry blog is to solve problems, the best way to start solving problems is to answer some of the FAQs from customers.  Do you get the same three questions over and over? Those are your first three blogs.

We know that when it comes to marketing on the web - free is the new black.

This is just a good reminder - give it all away - even give away your books through your blog.

Your loyal subscribers will purchase the finished copy.  No, I don't understand it either.


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Step-by-Step Directions for Writing Your Next Piece of Content [Infographic]

Step-by-Step Directions for Writing Your Next Piece of Content [Infographic] | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Writing - Everybody writes, but not everybody who writes gets to his or her intended destination. To help content marketers find their way, best-selling author Ann Handley offers this writing GPS.

Via marketingIO
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Asking the question "so what?"  sounds like our teen self- so what?  If the lawn isn't mowed today - so what?  I recall it was not a welcomed response to parental requests.  

But "so what?" is a good question when writing short blogs or ad copy.

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First Bookstore Dedicated to Self-Published Authors Opens in Florida

First Bookstore Dedicated to Self-Published Authors Opens in Florida | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Frustrated by a lack of opportunity for indie authors to showcase their work, two Florida writers open a bookstore of their own.
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A new look at what a book store can be - this is not only a space for self-published/ indie authors to show case their books, but it's also a meeting space.  Bookstores are still relevant, and for me, necessary.  It's great to read about how bookstores are being re-imagined!

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For a More Creative Brain, Travel

For a More Creative Brain, Travel | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking
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What a great reason to travel! Travel increases creativity.  All of you who already knew that raise your hand.  Thought so. But like so many things we know, it’s news when Science catches up.  Travel this spring, I don’t think you need to go overseas for the creative boost of travel.  Just any change can help spark ideas.  Travel to a new park or shop for groceries at a new store.  Easy.

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The Creativity Mindset

The Creativity Mindset | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the emphasis on mindsets these days. There are growth mindsets (which I discuss in The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop) and maker mindsets (which I discuss...

Via Gust MEES
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Creatives are simultaneously essential and aggravating.  You know who you are, you are the person at the board table asking why?  No one wants to answer you so they pass you over.  But that is one of the strongest attributes of a creative mind:  why?  Why have we always done it this way? Why are we promoting our products this way?  Why are we meeting?

Ask one why question a day - just to keep limber.


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Suspends Judgment – Silences the Inner Critic


The ability to hold off on judging or critiquing an idea is important in the process of creativity. Often great ideas start as crazy ones – if critique is applied too early the idea will be killed and never developed into something useful and useable. (note – this doesn’t mean there is never a time for critique or judgement in the creative process – it’s actually key – but there is a time and place for it). (http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/05/09/9-attitudes-of-highly-creative-people/)

Many new ideas, because they are new and unfamiliar, seem strange, odd, bizarre, even repulsive. Only later do they become “obviously” great. Other ideas, in their original incarnations, are indeed weird, but they lead to practical, beautiful, elegant things. Thus, it is important for the creative thinker to be able to suspend judgment when new ideas are arriving, to have an optimistic attitude toward ideas in general.

Tolerates Ambiguity

Ambiguity tolerance may be… the “willingness to accept a state of affairs capable of alternate interpretations, or of alternate outcomes,” (English & English 1958). In other words, ambiguity tolerance may be central to creative thinking. (http://knowinnovation.com/tolerating-ambiguity/#sthash.XqxhaQh3.dpuf)

With the toleration of ambiguity, creativity gives way to new ideas, stimulates the acceptance of others’ viewpoints, and thus raises tolerance, understanding and cooperation. (http://www.academia.edu/2506344/Creative_climate_as_a_means_to_promote_creativity_in_the_classroom

Persists Even When Confronted with Skepticism & Rejection


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Creativity


James J. Goldsmith's curator insight, March 16, 2:24 PM

From the article:  "Mindsets are simply defined as 'the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation.' Mindsets imply that mental and attitudinal states can assist one in being successful with a given skill set. I believe this to be true for engaging in the creative process, that a creative mindset is a prerequisite to being creative."  Of particular interest to brainstormers.

Barbara Wilson's curator insight, March 18, 7:43 AM

I love the graphic here and so agree with this overview of creativity

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Unstuck — You’re overwhelmed — so why won’t you ask for...

Unstuck — You’re overwhelmed — so why won’t you ask for... | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Unstuck offers community, tips, and tools that show us how to live better every day. Get our free app at www.unstuck.com.
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Writers feel overwhelm all the time, ironically the overwhelm can come from juggling all the help.

Trust the people you've hired, or assigned tasks to.  If you keep second guessing the web designer, the copy editor, the graphic designer, you will make yourself crazy.

If we own what we do best, we can accomplish so much more.  

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6 Habits That Kill Your Intelligence - Lifezap - Your Life Guide

6 Habits That Kill Your Intelligence  - Lifezap - Your Life Guide | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Although you may not believe it, there are certain habits that you have fallen in to, which are hindering your ability to move forward in life. Although you think it has no effect on your...
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The very first habit, not creating and evaluating simultaneously is particularly applicable to writers.  So often we create our stories with one half of our imagination while the other half is constructing phantom responses to the work not even written.

You will be much happier creating your art and your work in the relative quiet of a vacuum.  Write first - fantasize later. 

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