‘25 women to read before you die’: Like the list?

By David Rothman
July 31, 2015 // 0 Comments

“And so,” says Powell’s City of Books, “we present to you 25 female writers we admire for their vision, their fearlessness, their originality, and their impact on the literary world and beyond.“ Choices range from Donna Tartt to George Elliot and Mary Shelley. From a male viewpoint, I can [...]

Confessions of a notebook addict

By Joanna Cabot
July 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I follow several folks in the art blogging community, and became aware, too late, of a fabulous little venture called “One Book July.” The premise was for all the notebook addicts out there to get “back to basics” as it were, and spend the whole month doing all of their [...]

The art of structuring your book: Scrivener vs. alternatives

By David Rothman
July 28, 2015 // 7 Comments

Modern writers can’t separate technology from the act of creation. Yes, words of ahead of bits or bytes! But with the right tech, you can shuffle chapters around more easily to create better structured books. Many say Scrivener beats Word in this [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazonopoly, AlphaSmart, libraries and the Internet, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2015 // 6 Comments

Why Amazon monopoly accusations deserve a closer look (Fortune) As with other one-time high-tech leaders (IBM, Microsoft, Google) Amazon’s dominant market share suddenly seems too much. In letters to the Justice Department, the authors’ and retailers’ groups claim that Amazon is squeezing [...]

Diane Duane discusses selling e-books, writing and rewriting books in latest TeleRead podcast

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

On the TeleRead podcast today, I had an excellent interview with Diane Duane. We also had good questions from a number of chat participants, one of whom walked away with the 9-book Young Wizards New Millennium Edition collection. (He or she had to leave shortly before the drawing; hopefully they [...]

Simple English Wikipedia keeps it simple

By Chris Meadows
July 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Have you ever looked at a Wikipedia article and noticed the opening paragraph looks like it was written for somebody who knows a lot more than you do? Look up something like Planck’s Constant and you’ll see the opening paragraph of the Wikipedia version looks like it was intended for a physics [...]

TeleRead Links: Article length, mobile editors, bookstore returns, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

TLDR: so just how short should your online article be? (The Guardian) It’s why the inverted pyramid remains a useful model on which to craft story telling. Created for print to allow subeditors to cut copy from the bottom of an article with impunity, the inverted pyramid imposes a discipline on [...]

TeleRead Links: Drying out your phone, writing on a $19 device, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2015 // 5 Comments

Gazelle’s Guide to Water Damage: The Truth About Rice, the Galaxy and Everything (Gazelle) It turns out that dry rice isn’t necessarily the best solution for dehydrating dunked phones. Silica gel or cat litter can be a lot more effective. The TeleRead Take: Nate Hoffelder over at The Digital [...]

Authors Guild complains about publishers’ low e-book royalties

By Chris Meadows
July 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

The Authors Guild has issued the opening salvo in its Fair Contract Initiative. The organization has released a lengthy report to its membership detailing the inadequate royalties authors are currently issued on e-books, Publishers Weekly reports. The current standard e-book royalty is 25% of [...]

In Stockholm’s Strindberg Museum

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Polymath playwright, novelist, and painter August Strindberg is the one Swedish author that everyone knows (until Stieg Larsson, perhaps), and so he naturally enough is commemorated by the Strindberg Museum, housed in the so-called Blue Tower at the top of Drottninggatan, Stockholm’s [...]

Sad Puppies roundup, and the Irene Gallo controversy

By Chris Meadows
June 10, 2015 // 8 Comments

It’s been some time since our last few posts covering the Sad/Rabid Puppies Hugo Awards controversy, and a few interesting developments and articles have come out since then, so it’s time for a roundup. First of all, Jim C. Hines has put a lot of time and effort into compiling a comprehensive [...]

Book Review: Writing into the Dark by Dean Wesley Smith

By Chris Meadows
June 6, 2015 // 2 Comments

A couple of months ago, StoryBundle offered a writing workshop bundle—a number of how-to guides covering different aspects of writing and publishing. I apparently didn’t see fit to mention it on TeleRead at the time; I wish I had. Regardless, today I had the opportunity to read one of the [...]

More on the ‘Author Income’ Crisis

By Joanna Cabot
June 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

I’ve been thinking some more about the ‘author income’ crisis Paul wrote about earlier this week. I typically find Teleread’s Canadian news first because I am local so I see it sooner, but Paul beat me to it this time because I saw it and was still mulling over what to say [...]

‘Why do I keep seeing journalists take notes on paper?’ Question for book writers, too?

By David Rothman
June 5, 2015 // 8 Comments

“I was at a lunch briefing today, and of about 10 people around the table—some Visa executives, some PR minders, most journalists—I was the only person taking notes in an app instead of on paper.”  – Former Washington Post tech columnist  Rob Pegoraro, in his blog on [...]

Morning Links: When good friends write bad books, Amazon food, and more

By Joanna Cabot
June 3, 2015 // 3 Comments

What To Do When Someone You Know Writes a Bad Book (Book Riot) Writing a book is a great accomplishment. It can take years of meditating, creating, editing, querying, marketing, and tweaking to get it published. It’s an effort that absolutely deserves praise. But what are we supposed to do when [...]

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