writing

Forever and Not Long at All: 365 Days in Book Blogging

A year ago today I published my first post on this little blog – it is about as terrible as you might expect a first post to be – and I can hardly believe that I’ve been blogging for 365 days. Since that initial post, I’ve published 328 other articles here, including an interview with… Continue reading Forever and Not Long at All: 365 Days in Book Blogging

libraries

Then Libraries Came for the Memes

I recently mentioned the prolonged work in progress that is the US Library of Congress’s Twitter archive, but while we wait for it, other digital archives have finally come to fruition. In an effort to preserve the aesthetic and language developments that have defined the past decades, the Library of Congress has created the Webcomics… Continue reading Then Libraries Came for the Memes

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

books

What to Do with Goodreads

Goodreads is the largest book review website on the internet. As of April 2017, it had 55 million members who wrote 50 million reviews and added 1.5 billion books. According to Quantcast, a website ranking and data collection site, around 400,000 unique visitors access the Goodreads each day from all around the world. Those numbers are… Continue reading What to Do with Goodreads

writing

Finding Funding: Writing in a Kickstarter World

Readers and writers are living in a crowdfunded world. Where once publishers oversaw which books came into print now writers just need to convince potential readers to support them. Writers suddenly have more opportunities, but they are restricted by the market as well. Kickstarter is one of the largest venues for crowdfunding publishing projects. In… Continue reading Finding Funding: Writing in a Kickstarter World

books · resources

Finding Book Recommendations Online

Sometimes choosing a new book to read is an unexpectedly difficult endeavor. Many of us have extensive lists of to-be-read books, but sometimes those lists aren’t enough. What do we do when we have seen the same six books pop up on everyone else’s blogs? What do we do when we finish a book and… Continue reading Finding Book Recommendations Online

Publishing · writing

What is Happening with Wattpad? Fan Fiction, Media and More

Something strange is happening in the world of Wattpad. The website and app is slowly shifting away from being a collection of fan fiction and public domain works to a full-fledged media company. I have very mixed feelings about it. Wattpad was founded a little over a decade ago in 2006. Since then, it has… Continue reading What is Happening with Wattpad? Fan Fiction, Media and More

books · writing

How Different Types of Reading Change Your Writing

  You are what you read. That is a simple enough concept, but it turns out that it means more than just that people who read mysteries may become better at writing mysteries. What a person reads fundamentally changes the structure of his or her writing. In June of 2016, the International Journal of Business Administration published “Syntactic… Continue reading How Different Types of Reading Change Your Writing