Are more prolific writers necessarily ‘worse’ writers?

By Chris Meadows
August 29, 2015 // 3 Comments

Can an author be “too” prolific? That’s the thesis that an opinion piece in the New York Times examines. Looking at authors like John Creasey, Ursula Bloom, Barbara Cartland, and even Agatha Christie, the author of the piece muses on the possible connection between level of output and [...]

Self-published writers vs. snobbery: Problem lingers despite triumphs like ‘The Martian’

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 1 Comment

We all know how it used to be. Self-publishing was vanity publishing. The only operations out there that would do it for you would charge so much that your book would be so expensive only friends and family would buy it. I’ve mentioned someone coming to my high school and lecturing about what a [...]

Of communities and writing quality

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Futurebook, Porter Anderson has been doing a lot of thinking about the writing community lately. In particular, they’re wondering whether “community” is a good or bad thing. “Community” can have a lot of shades of meaning when it comes to writing. For example, there are shared [...]

‘I’m John Scalzi and This is How I Work.’ Now, how do YOU work, when writing?

By David Rothman
August 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve already spilled my secret. I write in a recliner—with a reassuringly clicky keyboard on my lap—and use a large-screen TV as a monitor. Works for me. Same for a large desk. John Scalzi, the Hugo-winning SF novelist, takes the opposite tack in the desk department. "My desk is [...]

Ursula K. Le Guin on how to write: ‘There are no recipes’

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

Feeling that she no longer has it in her to write another full-length novel, novelist Ursula K. Le Guin has started an on-line writing workshop at the Book View Café, and gotten such a huge response that the question submission form had to be disabled. She has posted her first answer, which is to [...]

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 [...]

Scrivener for OS X and Windows half-off today via Macupdate.com

By Chris Meadows
June 2, 2015 // 2 Comments

Here’s a great bargain for those of you using OS X: the writing app Scrivener is on sale for 50% off for the next 18 hours via Macupdate.com. This is a really handy tool and I use it all the time for writing and creating e-books out of my writings. (Some have even said it can be “a [...]

Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and [...]

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, [...]

If you haven’t enriched James Patterson enough yet, now you can pay him $90

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 14, 2015 // 16 Comments

If you haven’t already found enough ways to boost James Patterson into the Celebrity Net Worth top league and swell his $90 million p.a. income, here’s another one. Rather than read his potboilers or watch his spinoff movies, why not pony up 90 bucks to learn to write like him? Because, [...]

Has your writing got rhythm? Find out with Typedrummer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

Writers: concerned about the rhythms and cadences in your sentences? Try plugging them into Typedrummer, an unique online wheeze that’s basically a drum machine for text. Each letter is apparently keyed to a particular sound or beat, meaning that you can produce the most mind-destroying [...]

Weekend Links: Time enough for reading? Inside the Kobo Glo HD

By Joanna Cabot
April 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

What’s So Great About Young Writers? (NYT) I have an interest in the nurturing of “late blooming” writers. I have long grumbled about the conflation of the words “young” and “emerging,” and particularly about the many prizes set aside for writers in their early careers below [...]

New ALCS survey finds UK authors’ incomes have only gotten worse

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 22, 2015 // 1 Comment

Following its previous survey of the income and work prospects of UK professional authors, entitled “What Are Words Worth?”, the Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS), Britain’s central clearing house for authors’ rights and payments, has released a fresh study [...]

The Pen Cap Stylus – a step forward in pen-ile versatility

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

In my endless quest for the perfect touchscreen stylus, I recently chanced upon a new product that broadened my range of choices at one stroke – the Kikkerland Pen Cap Stylus. This handy little accessory comes in packs of two, and in a range of colors, and can, according to the blurb, [...]

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