Author and pr maven, Dee Stewart, had a cool post about The Peanuts comic strip a little ways back. Did you realize that about a tenth of the strips featured a religious theme?
Still thinking about whether to publish via Amazon or some other independent platform? Worried that you aren't J.A. Konrath, the author most notably associated with success in that venue but considered an anomaly. You Aren't J.A. Konrath --and you don't have to be.
Worried about whether readers will like your book? Don't be. "If it pleases you and you can write at all, it’s gonna please somebody else." So says author Charlaine Harris of the Sookie Stackhouse series that went on to be the foundation of HBO's True Blood series. Writer's Digest offers an in-depth--and fun--interview with Ms. Harris.
Debut author Jody Hedlund continues to pull back the covers on the publishing process. Just how much might a published book change from it's first draft? Aspiring authors want to know...
How about some e-reader updates? Barnes & Noble announced a Nook Color, but not everyone is thrilled. But I think it might be cool to have a color e-reader for kids' books, as with B&N's other announcement, Nook Kids. But before you run out and get a Nook of any color, be advised that infrequent updating could lead to your files being deleted.
Amazon also made 2 big announcements: (1) Magazines and newspapers purchased for Kindle will be readable using any of the free Kindle apps, like Kindle for PC, and (2) they will institute a lending feature, so you can share with other Kindle owners/app users. Notion Ink claims its soon-to-be-released tablet has a 15-hour battery life, trumping the iPad's 10 hours.
If you've got an Apple product--iPhone, iPad, iTouch, etc., do you have Bluefire? Bluefire is an app that enables you to read your encrypted ePub and pdf files without removing the DRM encryption.
And have you heard of the Next? Looks a lot like an iPad to me, and is certainly cheaper, but will it be enough to help Borders stem the tide???
What do sales of peanut butter and jelly have to do with writing? Anne over at Author! Author! will enlighten you (Warning: Anne is one of the most thorough and comprehensive bloggers about writing craft I know. That's a polite way of saying she can be long-winded.) After she talks about the PBI, she gives great tips on polishing up your synopsis.
If your book is chosen for a college course reading, do you realize that university might be violating your copyright? Interesting article about how universities are making required texts available and how, in the age of ereading, this might be a problem.
What is "High Concept" and how do you write it? Author Lori Wilde talks about this increasingly common requirement for writers as well as learning to write romance.
Then, after you've mastered high concept, learn about The 3 Key Types of Stakes That Drive Novels from literary agent Donald Maass.
Mark you calendar and clear your schedule for the next week if you're interested in writing for Harlequin. Nov 1 - 5 will be Harlequin's So You Think You Can Write event, in which you will meet 50+ editors, chat in forums, participate in challenges, and more as Harlequin looks for new writers.
This weekend is about doctor appointments, making cupcakes, trick-or-treating with the two youngest, sorting through (largely unnecessary) papers, and more writing.
What's on your agenda?
Peace & Blessings,
Stay focused. Be deliberate. Believe.