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01/29/2021

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11/11/2020

"Think of the last time you went to buy something on Amazon. I guarantee you looked at two things—first the price, then the reviews. It’s because of one of the most powerful psychological tools in marketing and sales: social proof." https://buff.ly/3lqnxc8 | #MarketingTips

"The poet Claudia Rankine has proved that interrogation, conversation and vigilance are strategies in themselves, pushin...
10/05/2020
Claudia Rankine on the Ways Race Haunts Her Imagination, and America’s

"The poet Claudia Rankine has proved that interrogation, conversation and vigilance are strategies in themselves, pushing back against complicitness with racist structures."

In her new book, “Just Us,” the poet and essayist repeatedly asks how race is understood and manifested in American culture.

"Is your manuscript ready to pitch, or does it still need work? It can be a maddening question to answer. Even for seaso...
10/03/2020
What Your First 50 Pages Reveals | Jane Friedman

"Is your manuscript ready to pitch, or does it still need work? It can be a maddening question to answer. Even for seasoned authors, the question of when a manuscript is ready to pitch can be a tough call."

To gauge your manuscript’s pitch-readiness, turn a critical eye to the query letter, synopsis, and first fifty pages.

"It’s been four years since my young adult novel One Night was released. Time has flown by, and during the past 1,460 da...
10/01/2020
4 Lessons from 4 Years of Self-Publishing | Jane Friedman

"It’s been four years since my young adult novel One Night was released. Time has flown by, and during the past 1,460 days I’ve learned several things about myself, my writing, and indie publishing. But four lessons stand out."

It’s hard work and there’s no magic formula to boost sales, but you’ll also find a passionate audience and a strong sense of accomplishment.

"An admission: As I read my way through the submission queue for our literary journal, I often decide to decline a story...
09/29/2020
To Avoid Rejection, Take the Writer Out of the Story | Jane Friedman

"An admission: As I read my way through the submission queue for our literary journal, I often decide to decline a story well before its end."

Experienced editors look for a story so engrossing the reader forgets that he’s reading—story in which the author’s voice seems not to exist.

"Many believe that having written a novel is a sort of superhuman feat, but in reality, the bigger challenge is revising...
09/27/2020
Where Novelists Get Stuck: 3 Common Issues with Early Drafts | Jane Friedman

"Many believe that having written a novel is a sort of superhuman feat, but in reality, the bigger challenge is revising—and this is where so many writers get stuck."

Writing can be a lonely process, and it’s easy to feel stuck. Editors and coaches can help identify the common problems—and their solutions.

"As the season comes to a close, we wanted to round up the most popular adult debut novels published in the U.S. from Ju...
09/26/2020
30 Summer Debut Novels You May Have Missed

"As the season comes to a close, we wanted to round up the most popular adult debut novels published in the U.S. from June through August to highlight some new voices that you can say you “discovered.”"

There’s nothing like picking up a debut novel and feeling like you’ve found your new favorite author.As the season comes to a close, we wanted to r...

"The past tense of the verb to lead (pronounced /leed/) gives some English-speakers as much trouble as the past tenses o...
09/24/2020
The Past Tense of "Lead" Is Spelled "Led"

"The past tense of the verb to lead (pronounced /leed/) gives some English-speakers as much trouble as the past tenses of lay and lie."

The past tense of the verb to lead (pronounced /leed/) gives some English-speakers as much trouble as the past tenses of lay and lie. The prevalence of past

"Using the word critique in these sentences is the waste of a good word. It’s being used with one of the meanings of the...
09/22/2020
Let's Save "Critique" vs. "Criticize"

"Using the word critique in these sentences is the waste of a good word. It’s being used with one of the meanings of the verb criticize."

Regard the use of the word critique in the following examples: My boyfriend critiques the way I make the bed and fold the towels. Control freaks are compelled

"...will tell the story of his rise from a young community organizer to become the 44th president of the United States a...
09/18/2020
PRH to Release Obama’s 'A Promised Land’ Globally in November

"...will tell the story of his rise from a young community organizer to become the 44th president of the United States and the first African American elected to the office. "

The first volume of Barack Obama's long-anticipated presidential memoir, 'A Promised Land,' will be published globally in hardcover and digital formats on November 17, 2020, by Crown, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

09/07/2020

If you frequently buy books from Amazon, you should know about BookBhop. If you write books, you should know about BookShop. And if you're an overall booklover--I think you see where this is going. Just visit the link: https://buff.ly/3h2tkS9

09/07/2020

This was the video I didn't know I needed today, but received. Such a feel good story for people within the BIPOC community who are readers and writers. https://buff.ly/3i6FPxj #BIPOC | #Writing

18 benefits of Gmail that helps you communicate and plan with ease.
09/03/2020

18 benefits of Gmail that helps you communicate and plan with ease.

"It’s time to stop talking about writing and write. The best-selling author of “Prep” and “Rodham” offers a plan."
08/06/2020
Finally Write That Short Story

"It’s time to stop talking about writing and write. The best-selling author of “Prep” and “Rodham” offers a plan."

It’s time to stop talking about writing and write. The best-selling author of “Prep” and “Rodham” offers a plan.

"In Old English—the principal language spoken in England from the mid-fifth century until the Norman Conquest in 1066—En...
08/05/2020
Something Odd Happening with Irregular Verbs

"In Old English—the principal language spoken in England from the mid-fifth century until the Norman Conquest in 1066—English verbs were of two main kinds: Weak and Strong."

In Old English—the principal language spoken in England from the mid-fifth century until the Norman Conquest in 1066—English verbs were of two main kinds: Weak

"Temperature and temperament have distinct meanings today, but they once overlapped with each other along with temper. "
08/03/2020
Merriam-Webster Unabridged

"Temperature and temperament have distinct meanings today, but they once overlapped with each other along with temper. "

Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary

"Poets happen to be the only rock stars I’ve ever looked up to. Because that’s what poets do. They make you look up and ...
08/02/2020
14 Gorgeous Poems Written and Performed By Poets of Color

"Poets happen to be the only rock stars I’ve ever looked up to. Because that’s what poets do. They make you look up and meet their eye as they express every sorrow, joy and regret with as much honesty as they can muster." https://buff.ly/3fyMXkz

Gorgeous poems written and performed with passion by poets of color - beautiful lines coming together with the intend to make you understand.

"Publishing could have a game table on the floor of a Vegas casino, nestled between blackjack and roulette. Bet on which...
08/01/2020
How Do Publishers Decide Which Books to Bet On? | Jane Friedman

"Publishing could have a game table on the floor of a Vegas casino, nestled between blackjack and roulette. Bet on which title will earn out, and which will fail."

Every book is a gamble, and publishers ask the same two questions any capitalist or gambler asks: how much should we stake, and how much might we profit?

"“‘Character’ remains one of the least understood of all modern terms,” Garber writes."
07/30/2020
What Is Your True ‘Character’? And Who’s to Judge It?

"“‘Character’ remains one of the least understood of all modern terms,” Garber writes."

Marjorie Garber’s new book prods at the cloud of confusion surrounding the word — its philosophical roots, literary history, political uses and inadvertent comedy.

07/29/2020
Booklover Diversifies Little Free Libraries with BIPOC Books

"For the past month, Kamya has been raising money to purchase books for both adults and children that examine race and racism, as well as books about African-American history and culture that are being deposited in little free library boxes around the country."

Sarah Kamya, a New York City public school counselor, has launched the Little Free Diverse Library Project to promote inclusive books for young readers.

"To help others create their own memorable book launch, here are six tips based on my own recent experience."
07/28/2020
6 Tips to Create a Memorable Virtual Book Launch | Jane Friedman

"To help others create their own memorable book launch, here are six tips based on my own recent experience."

Online or in person, the basics of public speaking are still what matters most: be captivating, interactive, and take your audience on a journey.

"These are just some basic tips on how to write a professional book review. While guidelines and practices vary per publ...
07/27/2020
How to Write a Professional Book Review | Book Riot

"These are just some basic tips on how to write a professional book review. While guidelines and practices vary per publication, the tips above are generally applicable in trade review writing." https://buff.ly/396wjGQ

Want to take your book reviewing chops to the next level? Here’s how to write a professional book review.

"The noun behalf (from Middle English, from by and half, meaning “side”) is an unusual word in a couple of respects"
07/26/2020
On Behalf Of vs. In Behalf Of

"The noun behalf (from Middle English, from by and half, meaning “side”) is an unusual word in a couple of respects"

The noun behalf (from Middle English, from by and half, meaning "side") is an unusual word in a couple of respects. For one thing, it is used only in two

"Nadim Shamma-Sourgen’s words, evoking a ‘whole world full of hugs’, were spotted by the writer Kate Clanchy and will be...
07/25/2020
Four-year-old lands book deal for his 'astonishing' poetry

"Nadim Shamma-Sourgen’s words, evoking a ‘whole world full of hugs’, were spotted by the writer Kate Clanchy and will be published next summer"

Nadim Shamma-Sourgen’s words, evoking a ‘whole world full of hugs’, were spotted by the writer Kate Clanchy and will be published next summer

"The simplest definition of what makes a letter a vowel is about the way the sound is produced in the mouth." https://bu...
07/25/2020
Word Nerdery: Is “W” A Vowel?

"The simplest definition of what makes a letter a vowel is about the way the sound is produced in the mouth." https://buff.ly/3iGbGWg

Is the letter "w" a vowel? What even is a "vowel?" A dive into what makes a letter what it is and whether or not "w" gets to shine as a vowel.

"If you are a part of the book community online, you probably have fallen down the rabbit hole that is BookTube"
07/22/2020
15 Fantastic YouTube Book Reviewers For Your Viewing Pleasure

"If you are a part of the book community online, you probably have fallen down the rabbit hole that is BookTube"

For more in-depth reviews or some laughs, these are some of the best channels for YouTube book reviews and related bookish content.

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