Politics and Suspense

I’m probably not the first person to notice this, but I believe there’s a reason that suspense and thriller fiction is very popular these days. Many people – not just here in the US of A – feel that individuals have less and less liberty every year and that Government with a capital G has […]

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News from the Mainstream

Teresa Poletti, MarketWatch.com columnist, has taken notice of the arrival of self-publishing. (E-books causing seismic shift in publishing). Citing recent news previously covered in this blog, including Kindle sales topping print sales at Amazon, Liberty Media’s bid for Barnes & Noble, Amazon’s announcement that it is launching its own imprints and the decision of mainstream […]

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E-Book News

Why is a media savvy investor like John Malone interested in taking over Barnes & Noble? The day after B&N announced that would be releasing a new e-reader , John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media (QVC, DIscovery Channel, USA, Encore, Starz, etc.) offered to buy 70% of B&N for about $1 billion. Malone, like others, […]

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Cory Doctorow, Self-Pub Pioneer

Science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net) – and the author of the bestselling novel Little Brother, Cory Doctorow has issued a new volume of short stories, With a LIttle Help, that you can’t buy in your local bookstore. (See WSJ review.) In a matter of weeks, the […]

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Two Problems with YouWriteOn.com

I’ve been praising YouWriteOn.com, a UK website that lets you post short stories (under 5,000 words) and the initial chapters of a novel (up to 10,000 words) to be critiqued by other writers. The deal is that you need to read and critique someone else’s work in order to have your story assigned randomly to […]

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