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Monthly Archives: June 2012

Letter Writing

Hmm… What about Cornelius Arbuthnot III?

Coming up with interesting characters is my favorite aspect of writing fiction.  I enjoy it more than the writing process itself which is really, really, really hard and not nearly as much fun as you would think.  That doesn’t mean writing isn’t rewarding.  It’s just not all that fun.

Luckily, character naming is fun and it’s also a really important part of the process.  I can’t get to know a character and start to tell his or her story until I’ve pinned down a good name.  

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File:Firefox Multiple mines.pngHow did people procrastinate in the days before high-speed internet?  I’ve been thinking about time-wasting techniques this afternoon because I just discovered yet another pleasurable time-suck: houzz.  Houzz is a home design website that lets you browse half a million photographs, create  albums of ideas, and share images through social media.  It’s a terrible, terrible idea!  

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I thought this was an interesting article from Grammar Girl on how breaking the grammar rules isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  An adventurous approach to grammar can often enhance a work of fiction.  Of course, you have to know the rules before you can break them.

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This.  What kind of special pie were these Southern Pied people eating?  Their marketing strategy was utterly worthless in the long-term.  They were able to make money for what, like, five minutes before the whole plan blew up in their faces?

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I love cover design so I thought this was a cool post from Bookriot highlighting the best covers from Book Expo America.  Cover design is, in my opinion, one of the reasons physical books are here to stay.  

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The Room for Debate forum on the New York Times website has presented a couple of interesting topics related to books recently.  First was a somewhat controversial discussion about the value or worthlessness (that was the controversial part) of reading young adult books.

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In traditional publishing, the answer is an emphatic yes.  Take, for instance, what happened with Harlequin’s Blaze line when they switched from this to this.  As you can imagine, the hero-centric covers helped to increase the line’s sales.

But what about the covers of self-published e-books?

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