But it's not just the scenery that changed my life, because in Michigan I acquired the perspective to come into my own as a writer.
I think it's odd when writers say "I write from 6 a.m. to noon" or "I only write on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays." Writing isn't something you can turn on and off.
So here's a plea to publishers: Just keep your eye on the ball. The concept of sports doesn't need embellishment. It's enough in and of itself.
I've been waiting for a book like Shadow and Bone for a long time. I just didn't know it. I was bored with the books I was reading -- they were all the same.
One of the enormous changes in the past four years has been the growth in the use of social media. From 100m Facebook users in 2008 to almost a billion now, there has never been a better time for to tell my audience that I'm about to update an old book.
Fellow fiction writers, Let's be frank: we're not the healthiest-minded bunch. If we were we'd spend our days doing something more pleasant than writing fiction. But lately we seem to have taken a turn for the worse.
d I found myself checking my page every few hours to see if more friends had liked my photo, my family. This is something I'm not proud to admit.
In an ocean of self-published titles, two questions keep bobbing to the surface: How can readers find quality e-books, and how can authors of quality e-books find readers?
In a dynamic and creative society like ours, change means new opportunities and new challenges. The fact is that the reading public is expanding globally by leaps and bounds.
At first, when you're on tour, it's surprising, then tiring -- but eventually it's funny, and sometimes even offers you material for your next book. All the comments on this list have been offered to me or author friends of mine.
The pathway to success in book publishing is not found in the snake oil of fake reviews. Just because something can be done online, does not mean it should be.
At base, creators are not entitled to an audience -- not even famous ones. What happens when an author we love starts to lose our goodwill?
Authors' homes are their castles, offices and -- more often than not -- places of pilgrimage for their fans.
Authors need exercise. Click clickety clacking around a keyboard is not enough. It's easy to forget as we hover over our hands, slowly working with the forces of gravity to sculpt our spines into bananas, that we really need to move around.
For the James family, canning peaches was one way to keep that taste of summer all year round. Add a little brandy to the syrup before canning them, and you have an extra-special treat; spooned over ice cream, they were James' favorite dessert.
Although the British crime novelist R.J. Ellory has had bestselling books, perhaps he overstepped a bit when he took to pumping up his own writing and dissing that of others under a pseudonym.
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Published on April 23rd, 2013