News You Can Use – Mar. 20, 2012

Why Finish Books – I loved this essay! He had me at the picture of C.S. Lewis…

Why Your Book Isn’t Selling – Suggestions from a book marketing expert.

The Publishing Industry May Not be Falling Apart After All – One author suggests that today’s crisis sounds awfully familiar. And underneath all the talk of seismic changes and Amazon, she has a valid point. If you click all the way through to her original article you will find a “Live Journal” site that is hard to read on-screen.

Free E-book on How to Attract Customers with Twitter – From Hubspot. Must submit registration info to get the free e-book. They offer a number of these papers on a regular basis.

Is Your Facebook Account Part of Your Estate? – Facebook says that if you die your Facebook account must be closed. So all your writing, pictures, etc. will disappear. And they don’t like it if someone else simply uses your password to keep it online. Goes to the heart of what you “own” and do not “own” on the Internet. Read this and plan accordingly!

How One Man Started Writing for “Sports Illustrated” – He worked on his craft for six years before submitting something to an editor.

The Making of the Hunger Games Blockbuster – Whether you like the book or not is beside the point. Read the article to find out how this YA phenomenon grew via word of mouth and intentional marketing. Fascinating.

2 Responses to News You Can Use – Mar. 20, 2012

  1. Bethany Macklin March 20, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    This article was interesting and amusing. I especially enjoyed, ” It’s only the young, still attached to that sense of achievement inculcated by anxious parents, who hang on doggedly when there is no enjoyment.”

    I am in a book club and know what “hanging on doggedly” means to finish a book whether loved, hated or unmoved, simply because it’s a “class assignment” of sorts.

    There’s one book in particular, touted in many circles, that though I can’t deny the book’s value, a bullet would be preferable to wading through one more word of it. And so it languishes, half finished on my shelf…

  2. Peter DeHaan March 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    Thanks for all the links; there were helpful and I really enjoyed them.

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