News You Can Use – March 12, 2013

Plagiarism and the Link – How one author got sued when his publisher forgot to include the proper hyperlinks in his article. Read this article before write another thing.

Legal Issues for Authors – Particularly Those Who Self-Publish – An interview with Paul Rapp and attorney who specializes in intellectual property law. (Click here for his many articles on various topics in this area.)

How Many Copies Does It Take To Be an Amazon Bestseller? – Fascinating article that tries to answer every author’s question. But the use of BookScan as a threshold immediately creates controversy because not everyone sees it as authoritative.  Here are links to articles that dispute the accuracy of BookScan because of it being limited to only stores that report to them. (Here and here.)

Thomas Nelson Revives Two Imprints – Nelson Books will be headed by Brian Hampton. W Publishing will be headed by Matt Bauer.

Virginia Woolf on How to Read a Book – Who’s afraid to read this article?

“To read a novel is a difficult and complex art. You must be capable not only of great fineness of perception, but of great boldness of imagination if you are going to make use of all that the novelist — the great artist — gives you.” – Virginia Woolf

Life Emerges Inside Elaborately Carved Wooden Books – Amazing works of art by Nino Orlandi. Click through to see more. I have clipped one example below to whet your appetite.



2 Responses to News You Can Use – March 12, 2013

  1. Pat Jaeger March 12, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    Today, I needed to see Nino Orlandi’s carved wooden books. They are delightful, inspiring, and a touch haunting. I’m not sure why, but they make me want to write better?

    Reading the article VIRGINIA WOOLF ON HOW TO READ A BOOK forces me to examine what I’m writing–from a reader’s point of view. If indeed the reader is not to dictate to the author, but to try to become he/she, I feel the responsibility to give the reader the best story I can: The best of my heart, the best of my mind, the best of my soul.

    How true that to read a book that inspires us, refreshes our dry wells, stirs the juices and gets us back to our words. If we do our art well, as the article says, “… the media landscape will begin to shift to reflect and respect, the art of reading and begin to treat the reader as a true ‘fellow worker and accomplice.'”

    That’s exciting to contemplate! Thanks for the articles.

  2. Donna Hledik June 8, 2013 at 6:58 pm #

    I want to purchase me know Orlandi’s work do you know how I can go about this?

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