I have to take a deep breath before I start the first full revision. I used to...– Hilary Mantel - By the Book - NYTimes.com
How I want to reply to author's e-mails everyday
lifeinpublishing: (Submission from Stephanie, thanks!) “author’s”?
the first word I teach my daughter will be “no” she will sing it to me and...– The First Word I Teach My Daughter (via albinwonderland) Oh is that what I did?
30 abandoned places that look truly beautiful. →
Many people didnât even heard about these famous abandoned places. Many of these places are really amazing and magnificent, but they’re also really sad when you take a closer look at them. I don’t know which one I like the most.
As I am now convinced that intellectual property does not have the same standing...– Copyright Law: We Have Created a Monster. How we did it, and how to work around it. - By Eugene G. Schwartz : Book Business
When we use online services to gather together and share information, whether it...– Elsevier: All your data belongs to us - Salon.com
It is likely I will die next to a pile of things I was meaning to read.– Lemony Snicket (via gingermob)
29 Ways NOT To Submit To An Agent by Carole Blake →
booktrustwrites: ‘1. No gimmicks. Don’t send food, flowers – or anything else. Food goes straight into the bin … just in case. I’ve read lots of crime fiction. I once received a large parcel that weighed almost nothing. Inside was a rubbish bin and a letter saying the writer assumed the submission would end up there so was sending me one to speed up the process. The partial for a crime novel...
The only people that can afford to take an unpaid job are those that are already...– HDSFGIDSHFJKDSHFJDSHFKJSDFNJKDSFJKDSF (via pizzawolves)
I don’t know about you, but most people do not have a “TBR pile.” In fact, the...– Is “Discoverability” Even A Problem? | brett sandusky
The Artist and the Factory
lareviewofbooks: Image © Li Liao by Alec Ash On October 9th 2012, 30 year old Li Liao reported for his first day’s work at a Foxconn factory in southern China. The colossal electronics contract manufacturer, which makes our iPhones, Kindles and Wiis, provides a livelihood for hundreds of thousands of poor Chinese. It was also the center of controversy after a spate of worker suicides in...
I am but little disposed to put things in writing. One almost always regrets...– 28 January (1852): Charles Baudelaire to Marie Daubrun
I will call it...Waldo
So I finally caved and bought an iPad (just a 2, which has become the Toyota Camry of the gadget world: you know it’s going to give value but nobody gets real excited about it except the driver). Here’s the weird thing; I’m getting the biggest kick out of tracking its progress toward me from China. I ordered it online because I wanted it engraved on the back (for free) and that,...
If you gave me two choices – one where there’s a small group of powerful people...– Considering Self-Publishing? Don’t Bother, Unless You Follow Guy Kawasaki’s Advice | The Passive Voice
The writer who cares more about words than about story – characters, action,...– The writer who cares more about words | The Passive Voice
I hope you read, for in books we live in a peaceful world; & save that to...– 14 January (1823): Mary Shelley to Jane Williams
I love my daughter because she writes stuff like...
2am: a haiku (censored) hey you silly birds this is a time for sleeping so shut the f*** up
A writer doesn’t solve problems. He allows them to emerge.—Friedrich...– A writer doesn’t solve problems | The Passive Voice
No one ever gets talker’s block. No one wakes up in the morning, discovers he...– On Talker’s Block | Michael Hyatt
I want to help people capture that feeling of excitement over books; the thrill...– Unleash Your Inner Bookworm in 2013
I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making...– Neil Gaiman (via sosleepypanda)
A Writer's Ruminations: The post about The Biggest... →
awritersruminations: The post about The Biggest Loser was not supposed to be published on this blog. I thought I’d added it to my drafts when, instead, I accidentally added it to the queue. Now that it is published, I will not delete it because it’s what I believe. What I will do is give you more information in case… Gotta agree with this. I’m a lady of size who eats moderately...
Ten Relationship Words That Aren't Translatable...
Mamihlapinatapei (Yagan, an indigenous language of Tierra del Fuego): The wordless yet meaningful look shared by two people who desire to initiate something, but are both reluctant to start.
Yuanfen (Chinese): A relationship by fate or destiny. This is a complex concept. It draws on principles of predetermination in Chinese culture, which dictate relationships, encounters and affinities, mostly among lovers and friends.
Cafuné (Brazilian Portuguese): The act of tenderly running your fingers through someone's hair.
Retrouvailles (French): The happiness of meeting again after a long time.
Ilunga (Bantu): A person who is willing to forgive abuse the first time; tolerate it the second time, but never a third time.
La Douleur Exquise (French): The heart-wrenching pain of wanting someone you can’t have.
Koi No Yokan (Japanese): The sense upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall into love.
Ya’aburnee (Arabic): “You bury me.” It’s a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person, because of how difficult it would be to live without them.
Forelsket: (Norwegian): The euphoria you experience when you’re first falling in love.
Saudade (Portuguese): The feeling of longing for someone that you love and is lost. Another linguist describes it as a "vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist."
The paradox of the situation I’m outlining is that my generation of writers is...– Do Today’s Novelists Lack Balls?
We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.—Anaïs Nin– We write | The Passive Voice
Instagram Blog: Thank you, and we're listening →
I was asleep while you were dying. It’s as if you slipped through some rift, a...– Natasha Trethewey, from “Myth” (via awritersruminations)