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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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Dear Author had a great article this weekend on how to auto generate buy links for your blog posts.  This is helpful information for anyone who blogs about books, media, laundry detergent, diapers, etc.–basically anything that’s sold on Amazon–and wants to make money but still intends to have a life.  

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There are a ton of factors that contribute to self-publishing success, but one of the most important to consider is price.  How much will you be selling your e-book for?  

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