How Much Would You Pay to Be a Bestselling Author?

Before I started book blogging, I knew very little about publishing. In the past eight years, I've learned a lot about the industry, especially about how books are marketed. I've learned that a good marketing budget can make all the difference in how well a book sells. I've learned that authors are increasingly responsible for marketing their own books and some authors really, really want to get on a bestsellers list. So much so that that some of them are willing to spend thousands of dollars to get there. ...more
This is so weird to think about. It just sounds like cheating! more

"Ender's Game" Is My Favorite Book But the Author Disappointed Me

When I first came across Ender's Shadow, I fell head over heels. It was young, it was dystopian, it was brilliant. It was one of the first books that made me think about how I acted, how people around me acted. It stayed with me for weeks after I put it down. Science fiction, tactics, reflections of historical entities...and then I realized it had a series. A prequel. Ender's Game sits proudly on our shelf at home (we have two copies!). ...more
Oh no! That is disappointing news. It's a dealbreaker of an issue for me too, in terms of being ... more

Four Books That Mentored Me

I’ve been mentored by the wonderful books I’ve read. I don’t think that books are meant to replace personal mentors, but as Ware says, they tide one over. They keep you thinking and learning while you wait and pray for a new mentor or more time with an old one. ...more
I love the idea of being mentored by books - such a perfect way to describe the depth ... more

Why You Should Cross-Post on BlogHer

Many bloggers dream about a fellow blogger with a much larger amount of traffic and authority on Google linking to their blog. Not only would new people find your writing, but it would raise your blog in status insofar as the Google game is concerned, getting it closer to front page search results. There is a way -- 100% in your control -- to make this happen; to make a bigger site with more traffic link to you. ...more
Is there any way to upload a post from a Blogger blog rather than just recreating it? I'm pretty ... more

I Don't Care About Your Diet or Your Extra Five Pounds

It's that time of the year when everyone is abuzz with New Year's resolutions. They include "lose weight," "exercise more," "get healthy," and a million others in between. I'm not against resolutions, but what I do hate to see is an unrealistic attitude and approach on the losing weight one -- and the biggest offenders are women. ...more
Fabulous. Thank you. more