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by Laura Preble • 13 comments
The world of social media can be an author's best friend, a great way to find and reach an audience. Is it worth it?
Publicity is important for any author who wishes to be published and read. If people don’t know about your book, they can’t read it, right? And as most of us know, social media has become the driving...
by Nina Munteanu • 41 comments
Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? Which came first? Story or reality? Do we dream about our past or of another reality?...What is muse?
Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? Which came first? Story or reality? Do we dream about our past or of another reality? What is déjà vu…really? What came BEFORE the Big Bang? Did time ev...
by Laura Preble • 15 comments
Are ebooks more fraught with grammatical errors than regular print books?
(Disclaimer: the following column is a rant about grammar and spelling mistakes. Because of this, there is a high ironic likelihood that there will be mistakes in it. Please forgive and move on if you...
by Justin C. Key • 2 comments
It mostly comes down to taste. Whatever way you choose to write, stick with it, and aim to perfect it.
My wife doesn't like a lot of description. She likes when books get straight to the point and move from point A to B to C without stopping much to look at the scenery. Although she says 'description'...
by Nina Munteanu • 27 comments
There’s an interesting phenomenon going on out there right now. Maybe you noticed it. Economists are all abuzz with it...The publishing industry is currently experiencing its own version of the “S” curve and the “boom and bust” curve (for traditional publishing houses, I’m afraid).
I’m an ecologist and a limnologist. I've conducted environmental research and investigations for over twenty years; as senior scientist I investigated and reported on environmental phenomena to both t...
by Laura Preble • 9 comments
When you are gifted with an idea, is it yours? Who truly owns it?
It’s bound to happen, I guess. You get what you think is a really great idea, something remarkable, and the next thing you know, someone else has thought of it too. It’s happened to me quite a few tim...
by Nina Munteanu • 17 comments
Artists are often accepted outwardly by a society that secretly disdains and fears them. This is because the artist is a cultural reporter. One who sometimes holds it accountable.
A while back my wise friend, Margaret, passed me the current copy of Zoomers, a new magazine devoted to those of us fortunate enough to have attained the age of 45+, and she pointed out another Margar...
by Laura Preble • 3 comments
Who wouldn't want to be part of the Hollywood Dream Machine?
If you’ve been reading my ongoing self-publishing adventure over the past couple of columns, you know that my agent and I have decided to self publish my new novel Out. What I haven’t mentioned yet is...
by Justin C. Key • 2 comments
My experience with the contest, why you should enter, and tips for making it through.
When I looked at my calendar this morning, I realized it's nearing that time of the year again: novel-writing season. I'm talking about two 'events' which have writers all over locking their excuses...
by Nina Munteanu • 23 comments
Reciprocity permeates our language and our lives: "dept, obligation, favor, bargain, contract, exchange, deal..."
In Chapter Three of his exquisite book The Origins of Virtue: Human Instincts and the Evolution of Cooperation Matt Ridley recounts the tale of Tosca, the heroine of Puccini's opera of the same name....
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