‘The truth about “writer’s block”’

By David Rothman
June 2, 2015 // 4 Comments

"The truth is, doctors do get doctor’s block. Plumbers do get plumber’s block. It’s just that only writers have been smart enough to give the problem a name." – Wisdom from best-selling and award-winning writer Dave Farland, via The Passive [...]

Picking a pen name (or marrying a real one)

By David Rothman
May 25, 2015 // 2 Comments

Yes, “Becca” is probably a friendlier name for the author of a kid’s book than is “Rebecca.”  But what about other factors, such as shelf position, not to mention the possibility of even marrying right? Oh, the possibilities. Kindle Boards has a lively discussion on writers’ names, [...]

A History of Pen Names (Infographic)

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
May 18, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s a fun infographic from PrinterInks about pen names. Who had what pen name? How were the most prolific authors with pseudonyms and more. Some will be familiar–we all knew Mark Twain was a pen name, right? Others might not be. I’ll even admit that I didn’t recognize [...]

Morning Links: Keurig sort of apologizes for DRM. Scalzi: Hugos not destroyed

By Joanna Cabot
May 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Where Authors Fit Into Multi-Channel Publishing (DBW) In many ways, some authors already excel at multi-channel content development. *** Appeals court kills flight attendants’ challenge to electronics on planes (Ars Technica) A Washington, DC appeals court ruled Friday that the Federal Aviation [...]

Should authors respond to positive reviews?

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 7, 2015 // 5 Comments

There have been plenty of stories over the years of authors who have gone a bit off the deep end when reacting to negative reviews. However, what should authors do when a good review comes along? Some have thanked the reviewer for their opinion, while others say nothing. Being thankful or silence. [...]

Stacey Dash and the incredible non-existent publishing scandal

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 2, 2015 // 1 Comment

Stacey who? Sorry, maybe this is my Brit-ness coming out. But, who? I mean, funky-sounding monicker that could have been built for headlines, but all the same … who? Well, maybe that’s part of the problem. Adweek, and after them, Publishing Talk Daily, apparently thought there was [...]

Morning Links: New Dr. Seuss books coming. Kindlebox links Dropbox and Kindle

By Joanna Cabot
February 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kindlebox Automatically Sends Books from Your Dropbox to Your Kindle (Lifehacker) It’s pretty easy to send just about anything to your Kindle, but if you’re looking for an even more automated solution, Kindlebox does the job by linking a Dropbox folder to your Kindle and sending [...]

Morning Links: Anne Rice to pen book on author bullying. Improve the homepage

By Joanna Cabot
February 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

Anne Rice to Pen Book on Author Bullying (Ink, Bits & Pixels) Author and expert on bullying Anne Rice took to her Facebook page this weekend to announce her latest project: She’s writing a book on author bullying. *** Penguin Classics Celebrates 80th (GalleyCat) Penguin Classics is [...]

Morning Links: Free samples of 2015 Newberry winners. Book price doesn’t measure value.

By Joanna Cabot
February 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

Free Samples of the 2015 Newbery Medal & Newbery Honor Winners (GalleyCat) We’ve linked to free samples of the Newbery Medal-winning title and the Newbery Honor books below. *** Why Book Price Doesn’t and Shouldn’t Measure Value (Dear Author) Last week, author advocate Porter [...]

Weekend Links: Should writers be open about income? Fighting a book slump

By Joanna Cabot
February 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Should Writers be More Open About Their Income? (GalleyCat) Writing books may be one’s most important work in life, but it is not always the easiest way to pay the bills. *** Canadians Can’t Watch ‘Real’ Superbowl Commercials (Techdirt) The process is known under CRTC regulation [...]

Morning Links: Indie authors quitting day jobs. iPad turns 5

By Joanna Cabot
January 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

Indie Authors Quitting Their Day Jobs- 2015 (The Passive Voice) The most commented posts in the history of The Passive Voice have been those requesting the stories of  indie authors who have been able to quit their day jobs and live on their writing income. The first post is here and the second is [...]

Morning Links: Illegal music file sharing virtually eliminated in Norway. Auditing media habits

By Joanna Cabot
January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Recording Industry Has ‘Virtually Eliminated Illegal File-Sharing’ In Norway — By Offering Better Products (Techdirt) A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music. *** 4 [...]

You’re never too old for literary fame and fortune

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

For all those talented writers still plugging away in obscurity, here’s today’s ray of hope – an infographic from Tesco’s Blinkbox Books, which asks “What age did the greatest authors publish their most famous works?” The original page itself is in fact a fully [...]

Wylie the jackal becomes Hachette’s running dog?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

Never one to bear a grudge or indulge in overly aggressive, unreflective self-promotion, Andrew Wylie can’t seem to forgive Amazon for the failure of his Odyssey JV with them – or in general, for failing to acknowledge that nothing moves until Andrew Wylie says so. And now he’s [...]

Weekend Links: Lawsuit against Harlequin confirmed as class action. Amazon stock plunges

By Joanna Cabot
October 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Which Authors Have Quit Writing Who You Wish Would Return? (Book Riot) As a reader I often view authors as writing until they die, their fingers curled over their keyboard or the pen still clutched in the hand. But even if they don’t formally announce their retirement as Spencer did, many authors [...]

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