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Whats new: 17 February 2020 - What's new 17 February 2020
  • Modern children have ‘a yearning for a world without screens. Yes it's rough and Torak and Renn go through some difficult times, but it's this amazing world where there's no climate change, lots of animals, no pollution. It doesn't matter what you look like. What matters is you don't make...

I‘ve just signed a publishing contract with Ben Fenton, a Fleet Street veteran and director for creative industries at Edelman. His book is on the concept and practicalities of fairness-and that concept's history, science, law, politics, and morality, as well as an explanation of the number 42...

Link: Judging a Book by Its Title 17 February 2020

Last fall, the Codex Group, a book audience research firm, conducted an online test to gauge how effective different book presentations were at getting consumers to browse books. More than 50 new and upcoming titles were included as part of the test, and nearly 4,000 book buyers took part.

In the summer of 2000, Alexander Chee, then a burgeoning writer struggling to get his first book published, boarded a train to the Upper West Side of Manhattan. On the ride, he pulled out the manuscript that would eventually become his debut novel, Edinburgh, and decided to make an unflinching...

For all of the claims that people aren't reading books anymore, political books are selling like Donald Trump merchandise at Mar-a-Lago, dominating nonfiction bestseller lists for the past few years.

Link: Making a difference - quickly 17 February 2020

Fanny Blake reports on the crucial contribution of the Quick Reads programme to improving adult literacy

Reading changes lives. It gives renewed confidence, boosts brain power, increases empathy and helps relaxation. In short, reading contributes to individual happiness and to the well-...

My mom was so proud: I was quoted in The New York Times. The article by David Streitfeld ran under the headline, "In Amazon's Bookstore, No Second Chances for the Third Reich." Streitfeld had noticed my How To Resist Amazon and Why zine and interviewed me for an anti-Amazon perspective. Bonus:...

You wrote a novel so that people would believe that you knew your own mind.

Throwing your new manuscript into the query trenches can be an exhilarating but nerve-crushing experience. I use a systematic and business-like approach to help take the sting out of rejections and keep me focused on moving forward with querying.

A few months ago, I had the chance to speak to a group of MFA students about my second novel, Last Seen Leaving. One of them said, "I know that so far you've written literary thrillers, but I see that your new book is a fantasy novel. What did you find to be the biggest difference between...

Commentary: 'A golden thread of loyalty and friendship' 17 February 2020

Modern children have ‘a yearning for a world without screens. Yes it's rough and Torak and Renn go through some difficult times, but it's this amazing world where there's no climate change, lots of animals, no pollution. It doesn't matter what you look like. What matters is you don't make any...

Whats new: 10 February 2020 - What's new 10 February 2020
  • ‘Lots of aspiring writers ask me, "How do you write a book without offending people you love?" And you have to make a decision to be honest. I mean it's painful, but I want to write a book that is true to my moral core and that is true to my characters.

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