The writer’s desk: 2015 edition, gadgets included

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

Following my piece with an animated GIF on the evolution of the writer’s desk over the past 34 years, I thought I’d share my own – set up afresh this week following a kind donation from a buddy who’s moving apartments. Tucked away in the corner of my new apartment is my new [...]

Writers: How your desk has evolved in the past 34 years

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 30, 2015 // 1 Comment

Writers everywhere, here’s a handy GIF perspective on the evolution of your favorite workspace: your desk. This animation purports to show the development of the desk from 1981 until 2014, although a Thinkpad stays remarkably unevolved throughout much of that period. But the rest all changes [...]

What keywords should you choose for your book title?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

BookBub, that popular book recommendation service, has run a very useful graphic piece for authors entitled “What are the Most Popular Title Trends in Your Genre?”, illustrating the most popular word choices for titles in various genres through a series of word clouds. The methodology, [...]

A question for readers: How often should we post?

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 8 Comments

Here at TeleRead, we’re always interested in better serving the needs of our readers. So I thought I’d ask a question of you. How do you prefer to get your articles? For most of the last few weeks, I’ve been writing articles in the early morning and then scheduling them to post every two [...]

Some really useful how-tos from the Open University

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

As many will know, the Open University is the UK’s leading provider of distance learning at college level, which exists to “promote educational opportunity and social justice by providing high-quality university education to all who wish to realise their ambitions and fulfil their [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 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 [...]

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, [...]

1 2 3 19
wordpress analytics