Link Love For Writers, Friday April 22

Design Porn: Accessories for Bookworms

Gifts for the book lover who has everything. Or so many books that the floors in her house are sagging under the weight. Lots of pretty book jewelry.

The E-publishing Outlook for Average Authors: My E-book Sales

Is digital publishing really better than good old-fashioned print publishing for established authors? Maybe not always. In this blog post, fiction author and blogger Jody Hedlund is talking about publishing digitally through a mainstream publisher, not digitally through self-publishing. The two digital publishing methods are generally worlds apart, starting with often higher sales prices for digital books released by mainstream publishers. Still, Hedlund expresses some points worth considering when she lists the reasons why digital self-publishing may not be the way to go for some authors.

Jonathan Franzen: I Keep Pot in My Freezer

Hmm. Maybe I’m doing something really wrong and I should take notes from Franzen in order to write another bestseller. Interestingly, Franzen didn’t mention weed in his Ten Rules for Writing Fiction, which appeared in The Guardian back in 2010. Other authors such as Elmore Leonard and Margaret Atwood also shared their rules for aspiring authors  in the piece. Here are Jonathan Franzen’s. My favorites are numbers 2 and 7. Powerful.

1 The reader is a friend, not an adversary, not a spectator.
Fiction that isn’t an author’s personal adventure into the frightening or the unknown isn’t worth writing for anything but money.
Never use the word “then” as a ­conjunction – we have “and” for this purpose. Substituting “then” is the lazy or tone-deaf writer’s non-solution to the problem of too many “ands” on the page.
Write in the third person unless a ­really distinctive first-person voice ­offers itself irresistibly.
When information becomes free and universally accessible, voluminous research for a novel is devalued along with it.
The most purely autobiographical ­fiction requires pure invention. Nobody ever wrote a more auto­biographical story than “The Meta­morphosis”.
You see more sitting still than chasing after.
It’s doubtful that anyone with an internet connection at his workplace is writing good fiction.
Interesting verbs are seldom very interesting.
You have to love before you can be relentless.

Top 20 Facebook Apps for Book Lovers

To celebrate 3,000 new friends on their Facebook page, GalleyCat compiled a list of the top 20 book-focused apps on Facebook. The apps have from 300 to 150,000+ monthly active users and Goodreads tops the list.


One thought on “Link Love For Writers, Friday April 22

  1. Very funny. And good to hear that digital pubbing wont take over the world any day soon. Still prefer to hold a book in my hand.

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