Archive | June, 2011

Pottermore – Another (Huge) Milepost for E-books

J.K. Rowling’s announcement this week that e-book versions of the Harry Potter series will be available exclusively through Pottermore, a new website, which is devoted to the world of Harry Potter, represents a huge milepost for e-books and a signal to authors that one can and should have control over the digital rights of one’s […]

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Persevere, persevere, persevere

First place for the writer who persevered the longest and against the greatest odds goes to …? The winner according to Joseph McAleer, author of “Passion’s Fortune: A History of Mills and Boon,” is the fictional character Martin Eden, hero of the eponymous novel by Jack London. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, McAleer who […]

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Genre Numbers

The Washington Post offered some interesting data on book purchases in Sunday’s Book World. Did you know that the most popular genre is “mysteries and thrillers” with 28% of readers favoring that genre? At the bottom are “westerns” with only .5% of the fan base. In between are “general” 23.2%, “romance” 15.9%, “fantasy & sci […]

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Writers Workshop in a Book (A Review)

I’ve been re-reading the contributions to “Writers Workshop in a Book” (Chronicle Books, 2007), a compilation of presentations given by writers at the Squaw Valley Writers conferences over the years. Some are more interesting to me than others. I like Michael Chabon’s “Wrecked” in part because I’m a big Chabon fan. This essay can also […]

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