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How to Create an Amazing Crowdfunding Pitch

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.08.2012 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Thanks to the Pebble E-Paper Watch's recent $10 million record-breaking fundraising effort, and similar online ventures, crowdfunding has recently exp...

12 Ways to Build Your Brand and Promote Your Book on Twitter

Fauzia Burke | Posted 10.03.2012 | Books
Fauzia Burke

Here are 12 ways to be more strategic about your time on Twitter.

Hey Writer! What's Your Brand?

Holly Robinson | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

When did writers start being brands? This question led me through a maze of other squirrely musings. If you write a memoir, are you forever a memoirist? What happens if a thriller writer dares to try his hand at romance?

Blogging in the Shower

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.29.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I'm always blogging in the shower. The isolation, the quiet, the warmth, and the steady stream of water from multiple shower heads relax my body and free my mind. Ideas arrive with ease and I write in my head until I can get to the computer or my iPad.

Why Independent Bookstores Matter

Gina Barreca | Posted 09.29.2012 | Books
Gina Barreca

Independent bookstores do everything big corporate bookstores do, with only one significant difference: Independents do it better.

I Loved 'Blood, Bones and Butter'

Rachel Aydt | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Rachel Aydt

My first real foray into my summer reading binge was with Gabrielle Hamilton's memoir Blood, Bones and Butter. Hamilton's writing is so damned good I've found myself turning sentences over and over again, and again, and yet again.

Fifty Shades Of Grey Sparks Interest In Reading

Lara Grant | Posted 09.09.2012 | College
Lara Grant

I was hesitant to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Not only would it be mildly embarrassing to purchase, I had to deal with the fact that my mother had read it.

Riding the E-Book Wave

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.01.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

From writing through production, I was done in two months. That included having the book professionally edited and copy-edited, getting a cover designed, my own proofreading, and seeing the novella formatted and loaded for Kindle and the Nook.

How to Get Love From Independent Publishers and the Future of Books: Richard Nash & the Book Doctors

David Henry Sterry | Posted 08.18.2012 | Books
David Henry Sterry

Richard Eoin Nash ran the independent publishing company Soft Skull Press from 2001 through 2009. He built a brand that embraced a community of writer...

Open Letter to the New York Times Book Review

Graciela Tiscareno-Sato | Posted 08.12.2012 | Latino Voices
Graciela Tiscareno-Sato

Why are 90% of the books reviewed by the New York Times Book Review from white authors? What's going on behind the scenes to create such an unrepresentative body of reviews for an increasingly diverse nation of consumers?

BEA 2012: Young Adult Editor's Buzz

Lisa Parkin | Posted 08.08.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

You can't walk two feet at BookExpo America without stumbling on a hot new read showcased at one of the 1,000 booths inside the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Reader Reports Anti-Kindle Copy Of Nook Ebook

The Huffington Post | Britney Fitzgerald | Posted 06.07.2012 | Technology

The Nook-Kindle ereader rivalry just took an odd turn. Blogger Philip Howard noticed an error in Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace while reading the mons...

Summer's Sizzling Southern Fiction

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 08.05.2012 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

There is something succulent about the halcyon days of the season that has me craving good Southern fiction. Here are some stellar Southern reads that have plenty of buzz and bite.

The Secrets to Getting More Book Reviews (Even if Your Book Is Already Out)

Penny C. Sansevieri | Posted 07.25.2012 | Books
Penny C. Sansevieri

We hear it all the time: "the window for reviews is shrinking." And yet we still see reviews appearing everywhere. So how can you capture a share of this market?

Fiction in Flux

Warren Adler | Posted 07.23.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

For fiction writers in search of a publishing outlet, these are the best of times. For fiction writers in search of readers, this is the worst of times. For fiction writers in search of monetary rewards it is, for most, a disaster.

The Art of the Hand-Sell, Part I

Peter Brown Hoffmeister | Posted 07.18.2012 | Books
Peter Brown Hoffmeister

As long as bookstores exist, people will keep buying books because the person next to them puts it in their hands. Literally.

Dad's Books

Nigel Hamilton | Posted 05.16.2012 | Books
Nigel Hamilton

They'd stood there, in those distinctive dust covers, gathering dust, for so many years. By rights they should have comprised a complete set of first editions, each one inscribed and signed by Ian Fleming to my father. And now they are all gone!

I Could Write a Book About My Book Ordeal!

Dave Astor | Posted 07.10.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Celebrity entertainers and politicians have no problem getting their memoirs published. So a book partly about celebrity entertainers and politicians should have had no problem getting published, right?

Are We Ever Too Old to Be Called "Promising?"

Holly Robinson | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

It's not like writers are ballerinas who can't do splits without injuring ourselves after a certain age, or even football players too fat to run. Is it?

Ashland Creek Press and the Vital Role Small Presses Play in Today's Publishing World

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

In an atmosphere of increasingly dire predictions for the future of the printed book, Ashland Creek Press, a small publishing house based in Oregon, o...

'Fifty Shades of Grey' Author E.L. James Starts U.S. Book Tour With a Bang

Rachel Kramer Bussel | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Rachel Kramer Bussel

Hot on the heels of the explosive Katie Roiphe Newsweek cover story examining women's sexual fantasies, New York Times bestselling author of the Fifty...

The Mystery of a Book Bus Tour

M.J. Rose | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
M.J. Rose

The Atria Mystery Bus tour took off April 12th. I think that what made the strongest impression on me was much we all love books. The authors on the tour. The amazing booksellers who hosted us. And the readers who came out to see us.

Price-Fixing Is Bad for Both Readers and Authors

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.30.2012 | Books
Hoyt Hilsman

The truth is that this dispute is not about saving literature or the sanctity of the literary world, it is about the publishers' business model.

Sales Appeal

M.J. Rose | Posted 06.27.2012 | Books
M.J. Rose

Bridges of Madison County, The Da Vinci Code, The Help and Sarah's Key have very little in common with each other. But they all had that certain indefinable something that appealed to readers.

Authors and Agents and Tennessee Williams Fest [Oh My!]

Karen Dalton-Beninato | Posted 06.25.2012 | Books
Karen Dalton-Beninato

'Sometimes pain is just pain,' she said," which is something one of my characters says in Glow. My writing experience had come full circle. I am most grateful to the people of Rabun County who midwifed Glow into being.