Quotes

Friday Quick Quote: ‘All the Light We Cannot See’

“I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘All the Light We Cannot See’

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10 Ways Libraries Serve Local Communities

For nearly 60 years, the American Library Association has chosen a week in April in which to celebrate, promote, and support libraries. In the 1950’s research indicated that people in the US were spending less and less time reading. They were instead being distracted by radios and those newfangled television sets. Creating a National Library… Continue reading 10 Ways Libraries Serve Local Communities

Publishing · resources

How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

Congratulations! You have signed with a publisher that wants to bring your book to the market. But how will you get paid for book sales? What royalties are considered normal? I suppose I should backtrack. First of all, how do traditional publishers pay authors, and what exactly are royalties? Publishers typically pay authors in several ways:… Continue reading How Writers Get Paid: A Beginner’s Guide to Book Royalties

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5 Fabulous Harry Potter Festivals across the US

Though Universal Studios has created The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, lovers of the book series have continued to celebrate it closer to home. I’ve found five great Harry Potter themed festivals and events across the US that will allow Potterheads to enjoy the magic of J.K. Rowling’s world by drinking all of the butterbeer they… Continue reading 5 Fabulous Harry Potter Festivals across the US

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What It Means to Tell a Story: On Susan Sontag and Writing

Writing is a type of freedom. It allows us to choose which portions of the world to highlight and which ones we want to discard. Telling stories also forces us to create boundaries. We can’t focus on everything, can’t follow the lives of every single character, can’t describe the layer of dirt on every doorstep. Instead… Continue reading What It Means to Tell a Story: On Susan Sontag and Writing

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Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Light Between Oceans’

“There are times when the ocean is not the ocean – not blue, not even water, but some violent explosion of energy and danger: ferocity on a scale only gods can summon. It hurls itself at the island, sending spray right over the top of the lighthouse, biting pieces off the cliff. And the sound… Continue reading Friday Quick Quote: ‘The Light Between Oceans’

Publishing

Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher

  Once upon a time, I worked for the editorial office of a small publisher. The most fascinating, heart-breaking, and frustrating part of my day was when I had to read through manuscripts in the slush pile. As many people know, the slush pile is what publishers call their collections of unsolicited query letters and… Continue reading Sifting through the Slush Pile: What Happens after You Query a Publisher