This Week on Books Direct – 1 December 2013

This Week on Books Direct –
1 December 2013
Here’s a list of the articles you may have missed this week:
“The History of the English Language, Animated” – Article by Maria Popova for Brain Pickings.
From the folks at Open University comes this infinitely entertaining and illuminating animated history of the English language in 10 minutes.
“Clues to Writing A Brilliant Mystery Story: Kate Pankhurst Investigates” – Article by Kate Pankhurst for This Craft Called Writing.
Read Kate’s article on writing a mystery, complete with illustrations.
“Literary Tourism: A Book Lover’s Guide to New Orleans, LA” – Article by Cassandra Neace for Book Riot.
Cassandra shows us the parts of the city that made her, as a lover of books, feel most at home.
A new tactile comic called Life has been designed for blind people using Braille-style embossing.
What do you think?
“Marry a Man Who Doesn’t Read (And Has a Nice Watch)” – Article by Christopher Hudspeth for Thought Catalog.
Marry a man who doesn’t read literature. Don’t fall in love with a creative. For if you succumb, you’ll never be safe.
“10 Things You Might Not Know About Maurice Sendak” – Article by Stacy Conradt for Mental Floss.
Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are is turning 50! Here are some Maurice Sendak facts you can work into conversation.
“Three Ways Commuting Can Enhance Your Creativity” – Article by Nicole Gulotta for Positive Writer.
Although commuting can have negative repercussions on our minds and bodies, there’s a silver lining, and it starts with changing your outlook.
What a great idea!
“Young Adult Readers ‘Prefer Printed to ebooks'” – Article by Liz Bury for The Guardian.
Sixteen to 24-year-olds are known as the super-connected generation, obsessed with snapping selfies or downloading the latest mobile apps, so it comes as a surprise to learn that 62% prefer print books to ebooks.
“Three J.D. Salinger Stories ‘Leaked’ Online” – Article by Dan Kedmey for TIME.
Three unpublished J.D. Salinger stories have been posted to a file-sharing website in defiance of the author’s wishes, USA Today reports.
“Writing Tips from a Bestseller: How to Build a Long Career” – Guest post by Barbara Bretton for Writing Novels That Sell.
10 great tips from Barbara, plus two giveaways!
“Kristen Weber on Developmental Editing for Your Fiction” – Article by Kirsten Weber for All Indie Writers.
One of the biggest benefits of indie publishing is the freedom it allows authors to assemble the perfect team to develop and represent their books. That includes bringing in the right editors. But what kind of editing help do you really need?
“Why You Should Make Every Sale a Celebration” – Article by Bryan Cohen for Become a Successful Author.
It’s easy to get disappointed as an author. We all want our books to be devoured by the population at large so we can sell thousands of copies a month and live completely off our writing. Most writers never reach those heights, and it’s understandable for the writers that fall short to get down in the dumps. But there is an alternative to beating yourself up whenever you don’t reach your lofty goals. Instead, you can celebrate even the smallest of achievements.
“The List List #84” – Article by Rebecca Joines for Book Riot
Book Riot’s weekly round-up of the best bookish lists floating around the internet.
If you enjoyed this blog post, please visit the This Week page for links to more great articles.
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