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Why the VIDA Count Matters

Why the VIDA Count Matters

The 2014 VIDA Count — released this week — showed that ‘women buy two-thirds of books sold but magazine reviews are centred on male authors and critics

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The Case For Libraries

The Case For Libraries

PUBLISHERS ARE RUNNING OUT OF SPACE. Not in their headquarters, some of which are larger and more imposing than ever, but in retail. The number of booksellers has been dwindling since the demise of Borders, and the largest book retailer today is Amazon, which has no physical space at all. So the question is, where […]

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Univ. of Minnesota Press Gets Interactive with Scholarly Books

Univ. of Minnesota Press Gets Interactive with Scholarly Books

THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS ANNOUNCED earlier this week that it, with the GC Digital Scholarship Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, has been awarded a $732,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch the Manifold Scholarship digital initiative. The funding will allow UMP and and CUNY’s […]

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How the Publishing Industry Has Learned to Thrive With the Social Media Industry

How the Publishing Industry Has Learned to Thrive With the Social Media Industry

THE CONVERSATION ABOUT HOW SOCIAL MEDIA is changing publishing has been going on since the dawn of social media. Ten years ago, prognosticators were sure social networks would usher in a new era for publishing. Five years later, social media spelled doom for the industry as a whole. Yet, instead of transforming publishing into a […]

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Ten Reasons for Authors to Blog

Ten Reasons for Authors to Blog

ONE OF THE QUESTIONS I’M MOST ASKED IS “how do you find time to write a blog?” I can answer this quite simply – I find the time in the same way that I find time to do the grocery shopping, or read poetry, or stroke the cat. We all find the time to do […]

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Thoughts on Balancing a Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

Thoughts on Balancing a Day Job, Family, and the Writing Life

DO YOU NEED TWENTY-SEVEN HOURS in your day to do everything? Sorry, I can’t give your day extra hours. What I can provide are some of the lessons I’ve learned and techniques I employ to make the best use of my time. Maybe like a current television commercial’s characters you are stupid rich. That is […]

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Do writers have to “write what they know?”

Do writers have to “write what they know?”

WRITERS ARE OFTEN ADVISED to “write what you know.” The thinking goes that only by experiencing something yourself can you portray it authentically. Here’s what I know: 1. A child’s need for a bathroom is inversely proportional to the distance from one. 2. If you want to discuss something really important with a man, hide […]

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3 Pitfalls to Avoid While Writing a Book

THE BEGINNING STAGES OF WRITING AND SELF-PUBLISHING your first e-book can be a very exciting experience. You daydream about being on Amazon’s best seller list or sitting next to Oprah while discussing the intricacies of your book to an audience filled with your admirers. But amidst your fantasies about the “glamor” of authorship, you must […]

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How to Use Pinterest on Your Author Website

How to Use Pinterest on Your Author Website

PREVIOUSLY I TALKED ABOUT how to grow your Pinterest followers, but how do you connect your website and Pinterest for the best results? Use a Business Account If you are just starting out, go here to create your business account. As an author your business type is “Public Figure.” If you already have a personal […]

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Self-Publishing & Merchandising: A Book’s Interior Design

WHEN WE SPEAK OF BOOKS, we mostly speak of them as one of two things: an object, made up of surfaces and contours and textures, or as a vehicle for ideas. We rarely pause to consider the interior design of a book, unless of course it is a book that draws attention with smart graphic […]

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