Publishing

How Books Get Reviews in the New York Times

Readers and writers really like to talk about the importance of book reviews, but many of these discussions revolve around Amazon and Goodreads. In places like that, reviews are fairly democratic; anyone, assuming they meet a few basic criteria, can write about a book. But how do reviews end up in more discriminating locations? How does a… Continue reading How Books Get Reviews in the New York Times

writing

Becoming a Better Writer without Writing

As much as I adore the process of writing and editing, there are other ways to improve my writing skills. When writing, it becomes very easy to be trapped within myself and forget about the outside world. This inevitably causes my plots and my characters to lose some of their sparkle, their life. The inside… Continue reading Becoming a Better Writer without Writing

writing

Librarian of Congress Might Have Her Powers Slashed and Given to the President

“On April 26, 2017, the House of Representatives voted 378 to 48 in favor of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act (H.R. 1695)…The bill’s name implies that it focuses on the mundane details of copyright law, and to some extent, it does. But it also limits the position of Librarian of Congress. In particular,… Continue reading Librarian of Congress Might Have Her Powers Slashed and Given to the President

Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: Holly Black’s ‘Black Heart’

“Girls like her, my grandfather once warned me, girls like her turn into women with eyes like bullet holes and mouths made of knives. They are always restless. They are always hungry. They are bad news. They will drink you down like a shot of whisky. Falling in love with them is like falling down… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: Holly Black’s ‘Black Heart’

books · resources

Online Resource: Reading Free Rare Books

Sometimes I get a hankering to read old books. Luckily I’ve found a website that allows me to explore some of the rarest books in the world for free. The Rare Book Room is a website created by Octavo, a company that has digitized hundreds of rare books from the greatest libraries in the world. The… Continue reading Online Resource: Reading Free Rare Books

books

When Autographed Novels Put Bookstores in Danger

Book Passage is a quirky little bookstore situated in the Bay Area of California. Sure, it sells books, but it also does so much more. Every year the shop hosts over 700 author events. During these events, authors often sign books, and if any signed books remain after the crowds have thinned, Book Passage sells… Continue reading When Autographed Novels Put Bookstores in Danger