Readers Versus E-book Spammers

Recently Amazon.com announced that it was taking steps to remove the more dodgy spam e-book content that can be found in the Kindle electronic bookstore.  I have my doubts so I performed a test. ...more
@threeundertwo That is a good idea. I'll try it the next time I want to buy something. It is ...more

P.R. Advice for writers!

 Some terrific publicity advice for writers:http://www.shewrites.com/profiles/blog/show?id=3506464%3ABlogPost%3A4385...  Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.comTwitter @TheGinaBarreca...more

A Good Hard Look: Get to Know Ann Napolitano

Ann Napolitano is the author of A Good Hard Look and Within Arm's Reach. She lives in New York City with her family....more

The Alcott Cult

http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/joining-the-alcott-cult/37178 Your Shameless Friend,Ginawww.ginabarreca.comTwitter @TheGinaBarreca...more

Burning 'The Book of Negroes'

Canadian author Lawrence Hill won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize in 2008 for a book that has recently received more attention and controversy for its title than its content. ...more

Thanks so much for this insightful piece. I believe in freedom of expression for writers. ...more

(INTERVIEW) Girl in Translation Author Jean Kwok & BlogHer

Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation was one of the May selections for BlogHer Book Club, and we've been talking up a storm about the novel. We opened to the floor to questions from BlogHers, and Jean has obliged by sending us answers! Find out about the time she was accused of cheating, who her favorite authors are and what kinds of books she reads to hone her craft. ...more

If you read please let us know what you think!

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Great Cause=Great Personal Opportunity

For the last three days, I've been hanging out at the Brenda Novak Cure for Diabetes Auction.  It's an annual event that helps those with diabetes AND helps writers.Helps writers?  How, you ask?  Many authors, editors and agents donate invaluable opportunities that you can take advantage of while also supporting a great cause.I found this one today:  <a href="http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com/Bidding.taf?_function=detail&amp;Auction_uid1=2078384">Critique of a Partial Manuscript by FOUR Published Authors</a>...more

Poetic Novels: Oxymoronic?

When a writer I know proudly called her prose "poetic," she meant to highlight its lush language. She was crestfallen when readers found it weedy, overgrown, and humid.  Decked-out, souped-up language that calls attention to itself isn't poetic in the best sense.There are subtler elements to consider when writing a long piece. Sonics, for instance, count heavily in an art form meant to be heard. Rhythm, cadence, and phrasing, are all musical elements that drive a story and make a reader want to turn the pages....more

Amy Tan Is Awesome, Honest and Totally Rockin'

Most people know Amy Tan best for her breakout novel, The Joy Luck Club. It's a pretty great book. But that is not why I think she's awesome. ...more

Okay, Amy Tan fans:

The mountain of books to the right of my bed is gargantuan. If I have ...more

Anais Nin

Her erotic stories were sexually explicit, but not blunt, not coarse. They had plots, elaborate trappings, interesting characters in exotic settings. As opposed to formulaic pornography, her stories were erotic adventures. They were not, however, the embroidered bodice-rippers of today. Her characters were having sex as equals, each powerful in his or her own way. ...more

I found myself re-reading her to write this article. It was great to revisit ...more