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Vow to Write Better, Not Faster in 2016, Despite Our Binge-Loving Culture

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.09.2016 | Books
Holly Robinson

My resolution for 2016 is to resist any outside pressure to speed up my fiction, whether it comes from the publishing world, my writer friends, or the marketplace. Instead, I will write the kind of fiction that feeds my soul and, I hope, sings for my readers, no matter how long it takes.

Forgiving the Unforgiveable

Megan Feldman Bettencourt | Posted 08.10.2015 | Women
Megan Feldman Bettencourt

One warm, overcast afternoon, Chantal Nimugire took me to the place where she almost died. The clearing, roughly the size of a football field, was nestled amid hillsides in Kicukiro, a suburb of Kigali, the Rwandan capital.

Why It's Harder to Write the Next Book Than Your Last--And How to Keep Writing Anyway

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

I have experienced more success as a novelist than I ever imagined. So why is writing every new book harder than it was to write the one before? And how do I keep going despite my fears?

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of February 28

Digital Book World | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Digital Book World

The return of agency ebook pricing for three of the Big Five publishers hasn't had much visible impact on the Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List so far. In the meantime, Penguin Random House continues to dominate the rankings.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of January 17

Digital Book World | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Digital Book World

The most notable shift this week is the leap that Paula Hawkins's The Girl on the Train takes into the No. 2 spot, up sixteen places from last week.

The New England Patriots and The Pink Jersey

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Parents
Rebecca Jackson

"W-H-Y are they playing so badly?" My daughter asks in a voice that sounds like a deathbed rattle. I giggle and then realize this is not a rhetorical question. She actually wants an answer.

The New England Patriots and The Pink Jersey

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Sports
Rebecca Jackson

We've been here before. Literally, as any New Englander can tell you. Such a mood of complete irascibility has seldom been observed in my house. It's frustrating to watch the team you love get outplayed on their own field.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of December 13

Digital Book World | Posted 02.16.2015 | Books
Digital Book World

This week the majority of best-selling ebooks belong to Penguin Random House, which scores 13 of the top 25 titles, including the No. 1 spot, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. The title is likely buoyed up by the forthcoming release of a film adaptation, directed by Angelina Jolie and due out in theaters on Christmas Day.

Author Dan Brown: Science And Religion Are Partners

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion

Author Dan Brown has sparked plenty of intellectual debate during his career as a novelist by exploring the relationship between science and religion....

What's the Point of Writing Fiction, If It Doesn't Pay the Bills?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

If you're trying to make a living as a fiction writer, I certainly know a great many self-published writers who are able to do that. Literary writers, or even commercial writers like me, have a tougher time making a solid income from our fiction.

Publishing's Unsung Heroes: Copy Editors

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

Copy editors are worth their weight in gold, yet hardly ever garner a mention. So here it is, a shout-out to you, copy editors around the world: we writers and readers are so lucky to have you smoothing sentences and paragraphs and chapters. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of September 13

Digital Book World | Posted 11.17.2014 | Books
Digital Book World

17 of the titles on this week's list belong to the world's largest trade publisher. A winning combination of factors, from movie tie-ins and big-name authors to popular reissues, is helping push Penguin Random House's titles into readers' hands and up the rankings.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of September 9

Digital Book World | Posted 11.10.2014 | Books
Digital Book World

The title that jumped six spots this week to unseat Gayle Forman's novel is Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child, and it, too, is published by Penguin Random House.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of August 30

Digital Book World | Posted 11.03.2014 | Books
Digital Book World

Gayle Forman's If I Stay rounds out its fifth week in the No. 1 spot, after ending The Fault in Our Stars's twelve-week run. In other words, it's been some time since other publishers significantly edged out Penguin Random House titles on the best-seller list.

How to Get Successfully Published TODAY: Big 5, Indy, or Self-Publish?

David Henry Sterry | Posted 09.02.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

It's the greatest time in history to be a writer. There are more ways to get published than ever before. While it's great to have so many options, it's also confusing. But when you break these many different ways down, they sort themselves out into just three primary paths.

Top Ten Best-Selling Ebooks -- Week of June 14

Digital Book World | Posted 08.18.2014 | Books
Digital Book World

The success of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars is helping John Green's YA novel hold onto its place at the top of the latest Digital Book World Ebook Best-Seller List.

How Long Does a Novel Take to Write?

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Books
Holly Robinson

I binged this past weekend. Not on reality TV or chocolate or martinis, but on writing. I booked a cheap off-season condo in Maine and wrote 17,822 words.

Whether You're Building a Robot or a Book, Science + Creativity = Magic

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.05.2014 | Technology
Holly Robinson

No question about it. My husband and I are opposites. He's a software engineer and I'm a writer. When people glance at my computer screen, they're confronted by a maze of thorny paragraphs, while his is a jungle of coded symbols.

Penguin Settles With Department Of Justice

AP | JESSE J. HOLLAND | Posted 02.18.2013 | Books

WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department announced Tuesday it has reached a settlement with Penguin Group (USA) Inc. in its lawsuit accusing the nation's ...

'Penguin Random House' Merger Confirmed

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 12.29.2012 | Books

LONDON — Two of the world's biggest publishing houses are to link up in a deal that will bring the writings of classics like George Orwell's "19...

Penguin And Random House To Merge?

AP | Posted 12.25.2012 | Books

LONDON — British publishing and education company Pearson PLC says it is in talks with German media group Bertelsmann SE over merging the firms'...