Here are a few things I've learned since my book Plus One: A Year In The Life Of A Hollywood Nobody was published: To be a writer, you need a trust fund, a rich spouse or another source of income if you want to keep a roof over your head.
We believe that of you simply treat the customer with respect, then they will reciprocate in kind. With the help of Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean, John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow among others, we are testing this idea.
Think about a group of vigilantes who take the law into their own hands to protect -- and even avenge -- the dignity of minorities. Sounds a bit more possible than Superman, Spider-Man or the Fantastic Four, doesn't it?
You can't be a great writer without being a great reader. We know why Nick Hornby is such a terrific novelist, screenwriter and columnist: it's not only what he reads, but how he reads.
With Halloween just a few weeks away, here are a few apps for you to load on your smartphone to get your family in the Halloween spirit!
It used to be that a standard feature of the home of the upwardly intellectually mobile was a shelf of books -- a display of erudition to all visitors. Alas, books and the bookshelves groaning under their weight are going the way of the landline.
1. Don't assume everyone will wake up the day your book comes out and rush out to buy it . (No one can buy a book they have never heard of.)
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.
This was my dream last night: I am riding my bicycle in New York City and I call my old agent and say: "My book is finished." In truth, in the dream, I've only written the first and last chapter but I want to get him "on board" early.
Self-publishing is no longer stigmatized and ebooks are outselling hard copies. If you are reading this you get that technology is dismantling the publishing industry.
Next time you're feeling yourself pulled out of a novel for whatever reason, give another medium a shot. You may find a new way to read in the process.
Many reviewers have been complaining for a while about the democratization of publishing and the "flood" of e-books. How are you supposed to weed out the crap?
Danny Rubin's original premise for Groundhog Day could be summed up in its core existential dilemma: "A man repeats the same day over and over again." The eBook approaches Rubin's writer's draft of the script in an equally existential way.
This week, New York Times tech blogger David Pogue admitted to illegally downloading a copy of Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity for his 15-year-old...
The publishing industry is hurting. Writers are part of the publishing ecosystem. We're hurting too. Now, what do we do about it?
Mishka Shubaly's writing grabs you by your neck, his thumb fingering the delicate pulse by your throat. He's going to tell you about himself, and the reason you can't stop reading? It's because he also seems to know a thing or two about your inner life.
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Published on September 24th, 2013