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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Podcast: Book Cover Design Tips with Stuart Bache

Something to listen to on a Monday. How to get your book cover design right. H/T to the folks at Creative Penn.   What are indie authors still getting wrong with book cover design? Plus color theory, when to rebrand if your book has been out a while, intellectual property considerations with design, and more […]

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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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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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New book

New book – Uploaded by Zuckervati. Picked up James Crumley’s The Mexican Tree Duck from Amazon.ca. Reading it at the Starbucks at King and Weber, a grande Estima roast keeping me company.

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The big empty read

Just finished reading “The Big Empty” by Norman and John Buffalo Mailer. It’s nothing big, just a really lengthy conversation between Norman Mailer and his son on a variety of different topics, such as religion, democracy, patriotism, fascism, boxing, Iraq, women, and the generational gap. JB is something like 60 years younger than his father, […]

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