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8 Words Whose Definitions Will Surprise You

Words improve the quality of our writing, and what better time to celebrate this than January 18: Thesaurus Day. It's no secret that all of us here at Grammarly are word nerds, but some of these definitions were a shock to us, too! Peruse: We usually use this word to mean the same thing as "scan" or "skim," but it actually means the opposite. Show More Summary

SBTB/DA Bestsellers: 6-13 January 2015

This week’s top ten list is brought to you by really warm socks and warmer blankets and my gosh it’s been cold. Hope you’ve found some toasty reading!


It is now 2015 folks. New adventures and new…MOVIES. Last week we went over the films for January through March. This time we are starting to get into the beginning of Summer Blockbuster territory. Did I miss anything? What are you looking...Show More Summary

Updike the Cartoonist

“Updike stopped cartooning while he was an undergraduate at Harvard. This is a factually true statement, but it ignores a larger reality. While Updike might have ceased cartooning, the visual language of comics was never far from his mind. Cartooning was an inextricable strand in his creative DNA.” Jeet Heer writes about John Updike, cartooning, […]

That E-Book Is Not a Cat! 10 Tips About Digital Books

If you love to read and, like so many Americans, have downloaded an ebook onto a tablet or Amazon Kindle, you'll be heartened to hear that the news out of New York's publishing industry is good for readers of fiction and nonfiction alike. I...Show More Summary

What Are E-Books Worth?

For the past few months, our distributor (Ingram) has been encouraging She Writes Press to price our e-books above $9.99. Because we are distributed by Ingram, we will not be penalized by Amazon for pricing above this price point, and...Show More Summary

Word Origins as Comics: How Politicians Play Dirty Pool with Our Language

Round and round we go with the language of politics. Stop the babble in its tracks. Get the real story behind the words by a look at their origins. Add some pictures, and their meaning becomes even clearer. One of a series of of educational comics by Larry Paros. Enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts. Show More Summary

Crowdsourced Epic

Recommended reading: On “Homer’s Crowdsourced Genius.”

Too Many Books

“My scant respect for the trade to which I belong (from the most ancient of academicians to the most youthful of libelists) derives from a childhood home in which I grew used to mistreating and misusing almost all the seminal texts from the history of culture.” Javier Marias on the dangers of growing up with […]

Spider’s Bite and The Start of Other Series as Kindle Daily Deal

Today’s Kindle Daily Deal features book 1 of many series, including Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassins series, and there’s some price matching at Google, too. You can see the complete list of books at Amazon.

Kindle to Impress

So you got a new Kindle for Christmas, and you’ve loaded it up with all our ebook recommendations? That’s great, but it may not be enough. Best to add a few ebooks to impress anyone who happens to come across your e-reader, just in case, and McSweeney’s has just the list.

Kickass Women in History: Annie Londonderry

Welcome to our new feature, Kickass Women in History! This month’s Kickass Woman is Annie Cohen Kopchovsky, better known as Annie Londonderry. She bicycled around the world in 1895. She was the first woman to do it, and it took her fifteen months. Show More Summary

Graphic Novel Friday: The Death of Wolverine

Let’s all admit that Wolverine will survive The Death of Wolverine. He’s been through worse (like that time he went to Hell), and he’s too much of a revenue generator to cut from Marvel’s publishing plan. Character deaths and rebirths...

Book Review Podcast: ‘Leaving Before the Rains Come’

Alexandra Fuller discusses her new memoir, and Lauren Groff talks about Miranda July's "The First Bad Man."

Loving Portraits: James Klosty's John Cage Was

A highly social individual, as well as one of the most influential experimental composers and theoreticians of the postwar period, John Cage touched the lives of many important artists, influencing their work, their process, or simply their memory. Show More Summary

Tips for a Successful Book Launch Party

When authors finish their books, it is generally the end of a long journey: seemingly unending edits and rewrites; decisions and more decisions about your layout design; thoughts on which social networking you should use; and, whether your book should come out during a particular month to coincide with the book's theme. Show More Summary

Poet Carl Phillips Talks Risk

In August of last year Graywolf Press released the tenth volume in their acclaimed "Art of" series, this time authored by poet and four-time National Book Award finalist Carl Phillips. While past offerings in the series have concerned...Show More Summary

A Conversation with Jane Green

On her new novel, Saving Grace... Where did the inspiration for Saving Grace come from? Initially from a bookkeeper we had employed who turned out to be dishonest, with a history of stealing we didn't discover until it was too late.Show More Summary

Newswire: Exclusive DC preview: A superpowered Damian Wayne returns to Batman And Robin

A little less than two years after being killed in battle against an adult clone version of himself (Aren’t superhero comics fun?), Damian Wayne has returned to the DC Universe to reclaim his position by Batman’s side. Still, Bruce Wayne’s son isn’t the same character as before. Show More Summary

The Dos and Don'ts of Digital Marketing for Authors

We all complain about social media because it takes so much time, but there is nothing we can do about it. It's the way the world has changed and we have to adapt. We can adapt enthusiastically because social media gives authors an unprecedented...Show More Summary

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