News You Can Use – June 5, 2012

Six Tough Truths About Self-Publishing (That the Advocates Never Seem to Talk About) – Rob Hart writes an insightful and cautionary tale. (caution: some flagrant language is used)

22 Rules of Story Telling According to Pixar – This is an excellent article for every novelist to read.

The Amazon Effect – Read this 6,200 word article from “The Nation” very carefully. It will help to understand the economics of publishing and the market shifts that have been occurring these past few years.

10 Great Science Fiction Novels for People Who Don’t Read Sci-Fi – I have to say that I agree with only four of their choices. Such is the nature of reading and recommending fiction! (Of the 10 I would choose Card, Bester, Shelley, and Herbert.)

Are Books Becoming too Long to Read? – A stimulating article that makes you think twice about the length of your books. I do see a trend in NON-fiction toward shorter books. Fiction is still a matter of taste and storytelling ability.

How Fast Do You Read? – provides a quick little test including a comprehension quiz at the end. How fast are you?

A Summertime “The kids are home from school!” graphic for you to enjoy:


7 Responses to News You Can Use – June 5, 2012

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    Jeanne June 5, 2012 at 6:18 am #

    I always appreciate the News You Can Use articles. I rarely have time to read them all. I appreciated the Pixar Story Rules today. Some great reminders and suggestions in there!

    Oh, and where can I get one of the “Do Not Disturb” collars? 🙂

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    Peter D. Mallett June 5, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    As always good information, Steve. Thanks for scouring the internet to find helpful items. It may just be me, but you may want to warn people to the bits of shall I say, “colorful” language in the first article. I read this one first earlier this morning and it just surprized me because I wasn’t awake yet. 🙂

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      Steve Laube June 5, 2012 at 10:01 am #

      I’m sorry. I usually add a caution for those kind of things. I will add it right now.

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    JennyM June 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    As usual, these are great Steve!!
    Apparently I read extremely fast. I read a Jeanette Windle book in 2 days. I read the Help in a day and a half. That includes sleep. But I’ve always been like that. Now all my kids are speed readers too.

    And yes, I need one of those “do not disturb” collars too.

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    Matthew Sheehy June 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    I am now convinced that the antichrist is coming from Amazon.

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    Jennifer Dyer June 6, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Loved the Do Not Disturb sign!
    Thanks for the great articles!

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    Daniel Smith June 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    Here’s an alternate link for the pixar list which includes the source: the twitter posts of storyboard artist Emma Coats

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