The Long Road Ahead

I’ve heard good things for a long time about a piece of software called Scrivener, which is not so much a traditional “word processor” as it is a writing project management system, useful for writing and organizing long projects like…

Don Quixote versus the Pirates

I’ve seen so many arguments about book piracy — both for it and against it.  In the end, I’m starting to come to the conclusion that it just flat out doesn’t matter whether you think book piracy is wrong or…

Unholy Ghost: Writers on Depression

Huh. I think I need a copy of this book. “[A] collection of 22 modern essays about depression by writers (several well known) who know their subject intimately. Some face depression as a sudden interruption of a previously gratifying life;…

You Say You Want a Revolution

“Oh, the internet is saying so many things about me,” says Amanda Hocking. And it’s not hard to see why. She’s never been published, and she’s selling her own books through Amazon’s Kindle store. Like, a lot of them. Like,…

An Early Christmas

You’ve probably seen this by now, but just in case you haven’t, here’s a prediction that Amazon will be giving away the Kindle before the year is out: In October 2009 John Walkenbach noticed that the price of the Kindle…

Autographing e-books?

Honestly, this is one of those ideas that I genuinely can’t decide if it’s brilliant or stupid or both: “Basically, what you do is pull up a copy of your book as the author, and it inserts a blank page…

Where I Write

Oh my gosh I freaking love this.  Just like it sounds — gorgeous photos of writers in their home environment: I spend a lot of time thinking about people’s environments — the places they build around themselves, the things they…

Short but sweet

Ha! I suppose I should have seen this coming, but somehow I didn’t. Dark Markets links to a new market that’s looking for short horror stories. Like, really, really short. Like, 140 characters — short enough to fit into a…

Take my advice

I’ve certainly been reading a lot about writing and publishing lately — look for links to share with all of you out there, natch — and I’ve certainly noticed that a lot of it, as Richard Dansky points out, is…

Pimp My Novel

This wonderfully-named blog is a pretty interesting read: “My name is Eric, and I work in the sales department of a publishing house. There are a lot of blogs out there that cover the agenting and editorial aspects of book…