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Writing your way to fame – by the numbers
January 10, 2014 | 10:40 am

writingFor any writer struggling with their craft but looking for a direct payoff from it, or for any publisher looking to slice through the slushpile, an interesting piece of scientific research has emerged via Science Daily. The paper "Success with Style: Using Writing Style to Predict the Success of Novels," presented at a recent conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing, claims to show mathematically how certain characteristics of writing style which can be parsed by computer distinguish successful works of fiction. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="400"] I'll take it from here ...[/caption] "Predicting the success of literary...

Has the public perception of self-publishing finally changed?
February 11, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Self-publishing a book can come with pre-conceived notions from readers, other writers and even publishers. People used to think self-publishing a book meant it wasn’t good enough to get picked up by traditional houses. However, the stigma of self-publishing is changing. Success stories have become more and more abundant, and the shock those successes caused even five to 10 years ago is slowly beginning to dissipate. Those in the industry have watched the development closely. Smashwords founder Mark Coker began his site five years ago as an outlet for self-published authors. It started small and has grown into a site where nearly...