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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Ebooks and Libraries in the Spanish-speaking World

Jesús Pradells (Spain), Alexis de Grieff (Colombia) and José A. Merlo (Spain) By Adam Critchley Despite the continued preference among readers for print over ebooks, the digital publishing revolution offers libraries an unprecedented opportunity to augment user access to the written word, but this new era brings challenges, as [...]

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Building Your Writing Career While Working Full Time

by Lisa Jordan For the past 15 years, I’ve owned and operated my own state-registered in-home childcare program. My days are very busy and extremely noisy, but I reap many incredible blessings. In 2011 I received my first publishing contract, so for the past two years, I’ve been juggling [...]

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Thomas Pynchon understands the power of conspiracy theories

Topics: Books , Writers and Writing , Novels , Thomas Pynchon , Terrorism , National security , Internet , L.A. Review of Books , Entertainment News This article originally appeared on the L.A. Review of Books . A HALF CENTURY into his career, one thing is clear:  Thomas Pynchon [...]

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Don’t Be Afraid of Indie Publishing

Let me be clear­—I don’t take sides. I appreciate the self-published author, the author published by a small press, and the New York-published author. Because you know what? No matter what publishing route any of us decide to take, we are all still authors . We write because we [...]

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Top 5 Tools for the Not-Yet-Published Writer

by Laura McClellan As a lifelong student of the writing craft, I’ve heard and read lots of good advice, tons of suggestions for essential tools for those of us who are working toward a career as a writer. I thought I’d offer my suggestions for the top five tools [...]

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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by M.M. Vaughan

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers (this installment written by M.M. Vaughan, author of THE ABILITY ) at any stage of their career can talk about writing advice and instruction as well as how they possibly got their book agent [...]

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Storydrive Speaker Drew Davidson on Augmented Reality Storytelling

Drew Davidson will be part of the StoryDrive program at the Frankfurt Book Fair on 11 October, where he’ll be a panelist discussing “Augmented Reality Storytelling: It’s the End of the Story as We Know It.” Drew Davidson Interview by  Susanne Tenzler Reality has many faces. So does fiction. [...]

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6 Keys to Revising Your Fiction

1) Make sure you’re in love. I’m not a genius, my stories are not born lovely and perfect, their language strong, their plot lean and exciting. I have to work at it—a lot. And I don’t mind, because I enjoy editing. But I know there’s a big difference between [...]

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The Beloved Character

by Phyllis Keels I used to have a hard time causing my main characters to go through hardship, suffering, or even to allow them to experience conflict or pain. That was before I understood its purpose. That was before I personally understood its purpose. Suffering is not pleasant and [...]

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Author Interview: J.C. Carleson, Author of WORK LIKE A SPY: BUSINESS TIPS FROM A FORMER CIA OFFICER

It’s time to meet another author who got a literary agent & book deal — so we can learn from their path to success. This interview is with J.C. Carleson , a former undercover CIA officer. She spent nine years conducting clandestine operations around the globe before trading the [...]

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