It is a truth widely known fact that if you're fortunate enough to have written and published a book and lucky enough to have people talk about it, comments will run the gamut from good to bad, with many shades of mediocre in between.
A lot of people swear by Goodreads. I swear at it. Often. It's a font of unsourced quotations, some of them fake, just like Wikiquotes. Take the line that tops the list of George Eliot quotes: "It is never too late to be what you might have been."
Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...
When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."
There is no easy way to ask for blurbs, but take comfort in the fact that every writer has to do it. Now that I've just gritted my teeth and gone through the process for the fourth time, for my novel Haven Lake, I thought it might help newbie writers to think about these strategies...
Self-published titles comprise twenty percent of this week's Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List, the same share as last week. But now three of them are inside the top ten.
Picking up an amazing travel memoir about someone else's experience in a foreign country is one of the most effective ways for would-be travelers to escape, on a more regular basis than their annual holiday.
After just a few months as an published author, I've learned some things. The learning curve, at times, was fast paced and exhilarating, much like a waterside on a hot, steamy day. At others times, well, it hasn't been so pleasant.
One of the new phrases of the digital age is "authorpreneur." It refers to writers who become entrepreneurs in order to get their message out and se...
Here are ten unusual words that sum up the writing experience, and our attitudes to writing, in one way or another.
One of the hardest parts of the writing process is getting honest feedback. Close friends and family think nothing of lying in order to spare your feelings about as little as a poem. So they'll sooner tell you that your baby is ugly than that they didn't like the manuscript you've agonized over for two years.
Snow Likes Ashes is the best book I've read so far in 2014. It's got it all -- epic travel, forbidden romance and wild, untamed magic. In fact, I loved the book so much, I chose it as the October selection for Uppercase, a YA book subscription box.
Due to the emotions that emerge in memoir writing, it is often necessary that the writer understand how to navigate and conquer the writing process, in spite of the added element of being taken for a ride on an emotional roller coaster each time one sits down to write.
'Ultimately, my advice would be the same for any writers -- write about real characters and interesting plot lines. LGBT readers want representation, not lectures or sob stories (at least not all of the time).'
I think we can all agree that the human brain is amazing and that we are not using nearly enough of it. Some scientists throw around the stat that we use about 10 percent, but how do they really know?
The most important thing that I've found, however, is to do what you love. I always got distracted from taking the time to truly search my soul with what fulfilled me when it came to work and my passions. I thought about what would be more likely to make me money.
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