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7 Fairy Tales Adults Will Love

This post also appeared on 20SomethingReads. Last year, I wrote a post on fairy tales for adults. I've decided to make it annual, because modern authors are constantly borrowing from fairy and folk tales, invigorating them with fresh life. The term "fairy tales" probably conjures images of childhood, thanks to Disney's sanitized versions. Show More Summary

Ada Lovelace: A Science Legend

Have you heard of Ada Lovelace yet? When one's spent more than fifteen years, as I have, thinking about Ada probably most days and certainly every week, it's too easy to imagine that everybody else has heard of her too. But in fact,Show More Summary

Audiobooks: The next big thing

We hear so much about eBooks these days that it's almost easy to forget that long before the eBook, there was another way to enjoy a title: in audio. And if you talk with audiobook lovers, they are (very) passionate about their books, and many can't recall the last time they actually read a book, as opposed to listening to one. Show More Summary

The Serious Novelist's Guide to NaNoWriMo

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts Nov. 1, which means there's still time for you to get prepped and ready. NaNoWriMo is an annual writing challenge where the goal is to write a 50,000-word novel in only 30 days. Now you don't have to take NaNoWriMo seriously. Show More Summary

3 Things I Learned About Self-Publishing

When I told people that I self-published my book, many of them asked me if I would be willing to give some advice about this process. So, I decided that when I was ready, I would write something practical. I've read many articles onShow More Summary

The Future of Book Distribution

As a representative of the hybrid publishing arena, I attend a lot of conferences and sit on a lot of panels. In the Q&A portion of these events, the question of distribution always comes up. I wrote a post called "Distribution 101" in February about distribution in which I laid out the what's what of distribution. Show More Summary

Top 10 Martin Gardner Books (This List Goes Up to 11)

"Pick up anything Martin Gardner wrote," advises mathematician, magician and MacArthur award winner Persi Diaconis. "You'll smile and learn something." This is very true, but with over 100 books to choose from, by Gardner's own estimation,...Show More Summary

Low Riders in Outer Space: Cathy Camper on Graphic Novels, Robert Rodriguez, & Diversity

The Book Doctors first met Cathy Camper at a Pitchapalooza (think American Idol for Books) at one of our favorite book stores, Powell's in Portland, Oregon. As soon as she pitched us her graphic novel, Low Riders in Outer Space", we knew this was a great book waiting to happen. Show More Summary

Should You Write a Book for Your Business? Five Tips From a Ghostwriter

Go to the business section in your library or at any bookstore--quite a few books there, right? Thirty years ago, that massive section was only one-fifth as large. Business books are, well, a brisk business today. More and more, establishing your credibility, platform, and expanding your potential for revenue means writing a book. Show More Summary

Go for It: An Interview With Author Angelic Rodgers

Writer Angelic Rodgers described herself as a recovering academic of sorts (although she still has her day job) as an instructor for a non-profit online school. When she's not grading or having rollicking discussions with students in the virtual environment, she can often be found walking a dog or in the kitchen. Show More Summary

Our Favorite Ghost Stories

There is nothing quite so fine as a tried and true ghost story -- one that sends shivers down the spine while you hide under the covers. It's especially fitting that Neil Gaiman, master of gothic horror, fantasy and fiction, will be at the Library's beautiful Stephen A. Show More Summary

An All-But-Forgotten American Hero

The following post is excerpted from the forthcoming book Commander Will Cushing, Daredevil Hero of the Civil War (W.W. Norton, 2014). October 28 marks the 150th anniversary of what may well be the greatest individual feat of arms in American history. Show More Summary

Bad Advice for Writers! NaNoWriMo edition

We at Bad Advice for Writers have thus far only concentrated on the act of writing, ignoring important things to like how to behave like a writer and the importance of not understanding how social media works. Today, on the eve of NaNoWriMo, we will focus on bad advice for the novelist. Show More Summary

I Guess I Really Am a Writer

I have just had my second novel, "Halle's Comet," self-published. To be honest I never think of myself as a serious writer even though I've written numerous blogs for Huffington Post, written several film scripts, started but not finished...Show More Summary

Book Review: 'Lead Like It Matters ... Because It Does'

If you have not yet defined your deeper purpose, mission and vision as a leader, it is time to get with it! Authenticity in business is gaining steam as the ocean of humanity is reaching higher enlightenment. As captain of your business, however large or small, you may allow it to drift aimlessly. Show More Summary

Exlusive: Jodi Picoult on Elephants, Politics and the Paranormal

"Like humans, elephants are one of the few species who have cross-species empathy. Most species will only save their own," Jodi Picoult explains to me with the ease of someone who's spent years studying zoology. Those familiar with her...Show More Summary

Don't Knock Thrillers

Who are the greatest thriller writers? The bestseller lists are often dominated by thrillers, so you can take your pick. But, have you ever considered that Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky, Homer, Virgil, and other giants of literature were some of the best thriller writers of all time? "They wrote thrillers?" you ask. Of course they did. Show More Summary

'You Got Into My Heart Violently, But You’re There'

Cross-posted with Studs Terkel on Trauma, Death, and Forgiveness in America Studs Terkel, who put oral history on the American map with one spectacular book after another, was a small man who had a knack for making everyone around him feel larger than life. Show More Summary

The New Southern Gothic

My debut short story collection The Wilds mixes Southern Gothic weirdness with dystopian and sci-fi speculation. When asked to describe my fiction in terms of genre, I could go on and on listing freaky hybrids: surrealist tall-tales, absurdist horror yarns, slapstick fairy-tales, and farcical plague fiction. Show More Summary

Drinking With The Presidents

For sports fans and American drinkers everywhere, it's the most wonderful time of the year: football season. But on top of celebrating every Sunday through February, we really should be applauding Franklin D. Roosevelt. The NFL may not sell Roosevelt jerseys, but FDR charged through and intercepted Prohibition. Show More Summary

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