Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Chip Kidd Offers Book Designing Tips - GalleyCat#more-51163

Random House book designer Chip Kidd gave a TED talk called “Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is.” The video embedded above features his entire talk.
Many publishing executives feel that the cover design is the number one marketing tool in their arsenal. Kidd drew on stories from his twenty-five year career working at ... click here to continue

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The two women eyed each other, contempt in Issie’s eyes and distrust in Courtney’s. Deep beneath the surface of politeness lay a rivalry with which Reynold was already all too familiar. These two had never liked each other, even as children playing in the courtyard.

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing

Pricing Books and Ebooks
by J.A. Konrath

Some authors still seem to be confused about Agency pricing, what it means, and how does it compare to wholesale pricing on ebooks and paper books. They somehow think Amazon is a bad guy for trying to lower ebook prices.

Here's a deeper explanation. Continue reading

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Writer’s Cramp: In the E-Reader Era, a Book a Year Is Slacking
By Julie Bosman (Published: May 12, 2012)
For years, it was a schedule as predictable as a calendar: novelists who specialized in mysteries, thrillers and romance would write one book a year, output that was considered not only sufficient, but productive.   Continue...

Sunday, May 13, 2012


Today my Six  comes from Knight to Remember, a time-travel romance set at the Bristol Ren Faire in Wisconsin.

Set Up:

Courtney is watching Reyn in the jousting list.

My Six:

As much as she’d tried to eavesdrop on the two men, the horse had captured and held her imagination. She could feel herself on its powerful back, sheltered in the arms of the Black Knight of Heartsease.

She rocked with the rhythm of the horse’s canter, strong forearms wedging her between a pair of mail-covered arms. A black plume matching the blackness of the arnet flowed in the breeze—a perfect complement to that of the horse’s tail. From under the metal headpiece, long hair fell over a broad width of shoulders. Courtney reached up and ran her fingers over the nicked metal. Slowly she lifted the front plate to see the eyes peeking through the narrow slats…

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