News You Can Use

World’s Highest Paid Authors – According to Forbes – August 2011.

Four Top Twitter Feeds for Book Lovers

How an Author Can Use Google+ – Fascinating new social network. Worth adding to your circle? And click here for a complete guide to Google+.

Who Do You Write Like? – This little word game has you paste clips of your writing and it tells you which classic author your style echoes. Mine? H.P. Lovecraft, who is probably best known as a writer of weird fiction. How is that for irony?

The Danger of Using Stock Photos – The Caustic Cover Critic blog found these three book covers that use the same image.

Presidential Reading List – This is a list of the 23 books President Obama has read since he took office. Here is a list of his Summer Reading List according to ABC News. And here is a link to a discussion of the 95 books President Bush read in 2006.

6 Responses to News You Can Use

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    Sherri August 23, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    I tried the “Who do you write like?” thing. It said that I write like P.G. Wodehouse. I’d never heard of him and had to look him up. That was for fiction. I think I’ll try a non-fiction submission and see what it says. Very fun!!

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    Sherri August 23, 2011 at 5:11 am #

    OK tried non-fiction. Now it says I write like David Foster Wallace. Again, had to look him up. Maybe I need to expand my horizons a little?

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    Joy Avery Melville August 23, 2011 at 5:54 am #

    Looking forward to using the “I WRITE LIKE” feature here.
    It looks to be really fun and a great educational tool for writers like me. 😉

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    Peter DeHaan August 23, 2011 at 7:54 am #

    The “I write like” site is most interesting, but I’m not sure if it is much more. In testing a half a dozen of my writing samples, I was given six differing matches:
    – Cory Doctorow
    – David Foster Wallace
    – Edgar Allan Poe
    – James Joyce
    – Daniel Defoe
    – Arthur Clarke

    I chose wide-ranging samples: an article, a movie review, a book review, and three posts from my various blogs; all were non-fiction. The most surprising — and perplexing — response was that my blog post on Trinitarianism matched me with Edgar Allan Poe. That certainly gives me pause.

    Though I’ve yet to be asked, “Who do you write like?” I’m sure that I will one day be faced with that question. I am now no closer to an answer than when I started.

    Still, this is a fun tool; thank you for sharing it.

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    Wade Webster August 23, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I, too, used a sampling of my writing to see who I resemble.
    First I used my children’s book: Ian Fleming, I guess my mouse now has a last name: “It’s Bond… Eek Bond.”
    Next was my adult book: Stephen King, I guess I can now add some horror to the plot.
    My magazine article sample brought me to: H P Lovecraft, I just learned of someone else who got connected there.
    My blog sample brought me back to: Stephen King, now that’s scary! This was fun. Thanks, Steve.

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    Julie Surface Johnson August 23, 2011 at 9:55 am #

    What a great post! I visited every cite you referenced and enjoyed them all. Was stymied, however, by “Who do you write like?” I submitted the beginning of my WIP and was told I wrote like James Joyce. Next I submitted the ending and was told I wrote like Dan Brown. So now I have to decide whether I want to be read in college literature classes or make a lot of money.

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