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Morning Links: Some eBooks are hacking you. Pubslush NaNoWriMo grant
March 5, 2015 | 9:00 am

6937238953_ab83e78554_mSome eBooks are Hacking You (GoodeReader) According to research done by Android Police, Google Play Books contains a number of books billed as guides for popular games –each one promising cracked Android application packages (APKs). Of course, it is too good to be true... *** Data Might be the New Oil, but a lot of us Just Need Gasoline (GigaOM) One of the biggest tropes in the era of big data is that data is the new oil. *** Pubslush Foundation Gives Grant to Nanowrimo (GalleyCat) The Pubslush Foundation revealed a new grant for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). *** 13 Delicious Comics about Cooking and Eating (PW) Since cooking...

Morning Links: 3 Questions about Goodreads gender study. Novels that started in NaNoWriMo
November 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoAre Parents Under-Reporting the eBooks They Buy for their Kids? (The Digital Reader) One common concern with consumer surveys is that the respondents might not answer truthfully. Whether through unconscious bias or simple oversight, there’s always a chance that data from a survey might not be as reliable as it would appear. *** 3 Questions About the Goodreads Gender Study (Book Riot) In case you missed it, Goodreads did a study on 40,000 users of their site (20,000 women and 20,000 men). Then they took those users’ stats and came up with some interesting information. *** 5 Indie Novels That Got Their Start in NaNoWriMo (IndieReader) We’re...

The Indie Author Power Pack aims for the NYT Best Seller list
November 7, 2014 | 6:29 pm

indie-power-pack-blogDavid Gaughran blogs that he and some other authors are attempting to reach the New York Times Best Seller list with a super-cheap bundle of writing advice e-books. The Indie Author Power Pack bundles together three writers’ guides at the low low cost of 99 cents: Write. Publish. Repeat. by Sean Platt & Johnny B. Truant Let’s Get Digital (2nd ed.) by David Gaughran How To Market A book (2nd ed.) by Joanna Penn PLUS exclusive content. Gaughran also suggests that it would...

It’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)!
November 1, 2014 | 3:49 pm

nanowrimoNaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is here! This internet-fueled tradition challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel during the month of November. The rationale is quantity over quality---many aspiring authors get so paralyzed with the desire to be perfect that they never get started, and Nano's ambitious quota prompts you to bypass your internal filters, just write and worry about making it 'perfect' later. I have successfully completed two NaNos in the past, and greatly enjoyed them. I live in a city with a very active local chapter who hosts many events and gatherings which make it even better. I am...

Morning Links: Print outsold digital for first half of 2014? NaNoWriMo Storybundle
October 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

nanowrimoA Special Storybundle: Writing Tools for NaNoWriMo (Storybundle) has put together a massive batch of useful books that will help you survive—and thrive—during National Novel Writing Month. Twelve books on writing craft, productivity, and business—by eight bestselling writers, a TV producer, and more. And you name your own price. *** Print Books Outsold Digital Books During the First 6 Months of 2014 (GalleyCat) Nielsen Books & Consumer has released the results of a recent survey focusing on book sales from the first six months of 2014. *** Adobe Confirms It's Gathering eBook Reader's Data (Digital Book World) Adobe confirms some details of recent reports by...

NaNoWriMo Countdown: Two Days to Go!
October 30, 2013 | 1:30 pm

NaNoWriMoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starts in just two more days! This annual internet phenom challenges participants to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November. The goal is quantity, not quality---that can come later, and many participants do go on to refine their NaNi-produced work, but for the first draft, the intent is simply to get your story out! Want to play? Here are some resources to help get you started and to ensure that you get the most out of your NaNo experience. 1) The Official Website. This should be your first stop. You can 'officially' sign...

Morning Roundup: What e-books looked like 20 years ago
July 5, 2013 | 10:21 am

Morning RoundupWhat eBooks Looked Like 20 Years Ago (The Digital Reader) The Kindle is widely regarded as being responsible for igniting the ebook era, but the idea had been around for at least 30 years before the Kindle launched in November 2007. * * * Is There Such a Thing as an American Novel? (Boot Riot) The Great American Novel is like Moby Dick, the whale, not the book. Ever since the phrase was coined in 1867 as a marketing ploy to sell Rebecca Harding Davis’ Waiting for the Verdict,  it has stirred the Ahab in every author wedged between the shining seas. It haunts their...

Confessions of a first-time WriMo
November 17, 2012 | 5:48 pm

By Kara Robart | for Book Business As an intern here at NAPCO (the parent company of Book Business and Publishing Executive), I am constantly exposed to new, exciting things happening in the publishing industry. Two weeks ago, I wrote an article celebrating this year's kickoff of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). In that article, I challenged all you publishers to one month of literary abandon in which you (yes, you!) could become authors yourselves. I wanted to take a minute to check in on your progress, and to share my own NaNoWriMo experience with you. That’s right, you are currently reading the words of another first-time WriMo. NaNoWriMo—in...

Why National Novel Writing Month is a waste of time and energy
November 3, 2010 | 11:01 am

images.jpegThat's the title of an article in by author Laura Miller. I am not the first person to point out that "writing a lot of crap" doesn't sound like a particularly fruitful way to spend an entire month, even if it is November. And from rumblings in the Twitterverse, it's clear that NaNoWriMo winners frequently ignore official advice about the importance of revision; editors and agents are already flinching in anticipation of the slapdash manuscripts they'll shortly receive. "Submitting novels in Nov or Dec?" tweeted one, "Leave NaNoWriMo out of the cover letter ... or make it clear that it...

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