Archive for March, 2010


On why so many writers write badly

March 30, 2010

Author Monte Schulz (This Side of Jordan) addresses why so many unpublished authors write badly, at 2009’s SCWC*LA7.



Inspiration/Digression: Artistic considerations

March 29, 2010

Chinua Achebe (photo by Michael Prince)And how about some interesting (or not) artistic distractions?

And now, a young guitarist makes musician Tanita Tikaram jealous:



Inspiration/Digression: Cool Sciency Stuff

March 28, 2010

A Deinosuchus lunges at an Albertosaurus in an artist's conception. (Raul D. Martin)Cool sciency stuff for stories

And now, for hopefully obvious reasons:



January publishing sales

March 23, 2010

The Association of American Publishers (AAP) reports for the month of January 2010, book sales decreased by 0.7 percent at $814.9 million and were down by 0.7 percent for the year.

The Adult Hardcover category dipped 8.1 percent in January 2010 with sales of $55.6 million a decrease of 8.1 percent compared to January 2009. Adult Paperback sales increased by 0.8 percent for the month ($103.2 million) and were up by 0.8 percent compared to January last year. The Adult Mass Market category declined by 0.5 percent for January with sales totaling $56.0 million; sales were down by 0.5 percent year for the month. The Children’s/YA Hardcover category decreased by 41.6 percent for the month with sales of $31.7 million, a decrease for the month by 41.6 percent. The Children’s/YA Paperback category decreased by 18.1 percent in January with sales totaling $30.7 million; sales were down by 18.1 percent compared to January 2009.

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Inspiring End of Publishing

March 16, 2010



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