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
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
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
You and Your Telephone Rogers 1980 Submitter: My wife and I discovered this lovely little gem at our local public library. I’m so glad I can finally read about the merits of renting vs. purchasing my own phone! Holly: My favorite is the three-step illustration on how to plug in the phone line to the […]
It’s hard to say why I find horror movies, and haunted house movies in particular, so appealing. It probably has something to do with being frightened, but from the comfort and safety of my couch or theater seat (the credits … Continue reading ?
Realism, when done well, is more fantastical then fantasy.
Alysia Abbott discusses craft and love in her new memoir, Fairyland, set in the ’70s and ’80s during the AIDS crisis in San Francisco.
NaNoWriMo is fast approaching, and one publishing platform is ready. Blurb has launched its Coffee & Quill society.
Author Nic Sheff’s greatest skill in “Schizo” is the vivid physical detail he brings to Miles’ world, giving a realness to the teen’s fears and hopes. Severe psychological episodes and a kidnapped sibling may feel like far-off realities to many teen readers, but Sheff takes them right in.
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
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
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
"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
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
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
It’s rare that a writer decides his new novel will be his last, but that’s exactly what Michael Faber has done with regards to his latest, which comes out this week. In the Times, he talks with Alexandra Alter about his decision, saying: “I felt that I had one more book in me that could […]
Star Wars characters are as iconic for their looks as they are for their personalities, and a new book highlights
Thug Kitchen is a gust of profanity-soaked fresh air in the cookbook universe of late. The subtitle, "Eat Like You Give a Fck" is your warning light--if swearing bothers you, don't even open the cover. For those who couldn't care...
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
- What do Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, James Gandolfini, Gore Vidal, and John Lennon have in common? They’re all featured characters in