40 best books to read before you die

The blank-best-blanks-to-blank-before-you-blank lists are a little silly, a little subjective, and maybe a little overdone. However, I like posting about books these days, so have at it. I’ll admit, I’ve got some reading to do. I’ve maybe read 16 of these novels, and only remember some of those, since many were read in school. That […]

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13 Stories About Surviving a Nuclear War

You can tell a person’s age by how much the quiet threat of a nuclear war impacted their childhood. I remember so many movies, books, and television references from the early-to-mid 80s, including “The Day After,” the traumatizing made-for-TV movie which heavily influenced nuclear disarmament by showing the average American the horror of a nuclear […]

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Publishing Trends: Tropes Readers Want

This is an interesting article for those who are looking to punch up their manuscripts, or are looking for something new to write that’s in the cultural zeitgeist. We mock tropes for being hackneyed, but if that’s what people want, you may as well find the most appropriate trope for your reader base. Whether you’re […]

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Clueless about Instagram?

I know I am. Can’t believe there are people out there who make money off what’s basically twitter with more pictures. But apparently, as writers, you’ll need to know how to leverage this social media app to gain followers. There’s a pretty simple formula to do this too, according to this article. 5. Use lots […]

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When and Why to Work with a Trade Book Distributor

#amwriting #indiepublishing #bookstores Trade book distributors are the guys who sell your book to bookstores and other institutions. They don’t market your book, per se, and they don’t build your audience. They will, however, help get your book into the big stores. Here’s why that’s important: The two greatest functions of a distributor are helping […]

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Creating Iconic Covers

If you’re struggling with cover art for your book, you should read this article. Things have changed since Amazon and other online bookstores began selling. Now, with the majority of books are sold based on a tiny thumbnail image, it’s all about how to attract the reader’s attention from 100 feet. Hugh Howey, author of […]

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Banned book: Wool

If you’ve not read Wool by Hugh Howey, you may want to get on it. Yes, a large omnibus of dystopian science-fiction may be a daunting task, but the rewards are worth it. Remember that Howey is an example of a self- indie-published author who made it big. For that, his books are worth studying. […]

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Sleeps With Monsters – Tor.com

A neat review of author Caitlín R. Kiernan’s new work, Agents of Dreamland. This is a quest story. With a sensible middle-aged professor as the protagonist, through a fantastical landscape filled with strangeness. There are ghouls and gugs and tunnels, ships and dangerous forests and the courts of kings. And a consistent undercurrent of hopeful […]

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