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We're going a little off schedule this week on [REALITY CHECK]. In Jim's previous post about what Amazon can (and can't) do with your ebook (see "Amazon Ate My Ebook!"), he said that "Later in August I plan to publish another article that centres around Amazon, this time about print books."
Well, sometimes you're better off not planning ahead just in case something juicy pops up...and it has...and that something juicy is Amazon's new Kindle pre-order feature for ebooks.
Jim will be back to fulfill his earlier promise, but right now he wants to share some info you may or may not be aware of regarding this new tool for publishers and authors who sell…Continue
On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few questions. She was wonderfully gracious, taking time to answer my questions that same day, from Idaho, at her summer job in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. Our email conversation follows.
Bishop: You say that the publication of "It Will Look Like a Sunset" led to over 20,000 views of your blog. My guess is by now that number is much higher. The essay has obvious literary value, but also has societal and cultural relevance as an essay that pioneers the…Continue
No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go on our websites, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and so on. I read a lot of them that begin something like this:
These are all compelling…Continue
A week and a half ago, I was reading Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" to my boys, and came across this passage about the barbaric "order" of medieval life, which boiled down to who could kill whom with impunity.
"A master might kill his slave for nothing: for mere spite, malice, or to pass the time--just as we have seen that the crowned head could do it with his slave, that is to say, with anybody. A gentleman could kill a free commoner, and pay for him--cash or garden-truck. A noble could kill a noble without expense, as far as the law was concerned, but reprisals in kind were to be expected. Anybody could kill somebody, except the commoner and the slave; these had no privileges. If they killed, it was murder, and the law wouldn't stand murder. It…
Sure, we can glance over at that grass and think “Oh man, that grass looks great, I wish I were over there instead of here!”
But the truth is that we all have challenges. They are part of life; part of the…
On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few…
So I totally forgot about this blog. I have so many other things going on in my life, most importantly my daughter's first day of 1st grade was today. Can you believe it? I know, she is getting so big! (sigh)
Well, I have beaten down the annoying little tribble called writer's block and the words are pouring fourth (spelling?). I have practically rewrote ALL my novel so far and instead of having 60,000 words when I started, now I have 31,000.
I just couldn't do it, I…
My newest writing, which is still in the first/early draft (subject to radical alteration) is a bit of a mash up. Maybe I've overplayed my hand here but it certainly contains elements of all of the above.
The working title for it is The Winter Rose and it will contain two 'books' within it. One 'book' will focus on the modern day story and the other will focus on the past - specifically the time around the Henry V foray into France for the French…
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My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue
There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue