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Around the Web: Financial Advice, Literary Bachelors, InstaPoetry, and Comic Adaptions

It’s time for another Around the Web post! To the newbies out there, this is where we share the blog posts, news articles, and other web content that’s caught our attention this week. That means we get to share our nerdy interests and you get some reading material for the weekend. Fun, right? Financial Advice for Authors Money can be tight for those pursuing the arts. That’s why it’s good for writers to know what they should pay for and when. Luckily, author Claribel Ortega recently shared her thoughts and personal experience on when authors should part with your hard-earned cash. Literary Bachelors Join the Bachelorette What would happen if Fitzwilliam Darcy, Edward Rochester, Gilbert Blyth

Julian's World

As a writer, I hold in high regard—and higher awe—authors who pen “epic fantasies.” Whether it's Harry Potter, where wizards and strange creatures live in the shadows among the rest of us, or Game Of Thrones, with sorcery and treachery and dragons, the level of sheer imagination involved in their creation is mind-boggling. Central to any fantasy novel is the concept of “world building.” When setting a book in a place that doesn’t exist, the author must ask: What does their world look like? What do their people look like? What happens in their world that can't happen in ours? The answers, no doubt, are more intriguing than the questions themselves, and to me seem like half the fun of writing

Around the Web: Comics, 100-Year-Old Words, Go Ask Alice, Cities for Book Lovers, and Book Marketers

Hello readers! As we head into the weekend, I’m back to share some links and give you reading material from across the internet. The Evolution of Comics We live in exciting literary times. There was a time when comics meant superheroes or newspapers, but the medium is now so much more. SKTCHD has a great piece on how comics have changed over the years. In particular, it discusses the impact of the internet and social media. 100-Year-Old Words This one’s for the word nerds! Think you can identify 100-year-old English words? Test your knowledge of old words with this Metal Floss quiz Go Ask Alice and Anxiety In the latest of Electric Literature’s personal essay series Novel Gazing, Sloan Tanne

Pen Avey Interview in Story Monsters Ink

The latest issue of Story Monsters Ink features and interview with Dear Earthling: Cosmic Correspondent author Pen Avey. Story Monsters Ink is a resource for teachers, librarians, and parents. In addition to the interview with Pen, the June 2019 issue includes several other interviews, reviews, and more.

Around the Web: Writing Life, Literary Devices, Rereading Podcasts, and the Forest of Reading Winner

Hello again, and happy Friday! For the newbies out there, Around the Web is a weekly roundup of blogs, essays, articles, and other content that the CDP team have found around the internet. It’s our chance to spread interesting content, let you know our interests, and share helpful information. This week, we’ve got an interview, some literary definitions, a look at podcasts, and the Forest of Reading winners. Alison Kinney on Writing Does everyone have a novel in them? What’s the best writing workshop snack? Writer and writing instructor Alison Kinney answers these question and discusses writing workshops and more for Electric Lit. This interview is worth checking out especially for Kinney’s

Around the Web: Marketing Books, the Connection Between Trauma and Art, the Demand for Diversity, an

Welcome, dear readers, to Around the Web, your weekly roundup of book, publishing, and literary posts from across the corners of the internet. This week, I’m sharing some publishing advice, a poignant look at trauma in art, a new report from BookNet Canada, and an author interview. Getting Your Book Read Let’s start with some marketing tips! Writing is a business, and whether you’re self-publishing or going the traditional route it’s helpful to have ideas about how to get your book read. The Harvard Business Review has some tips for driving readership. Trauma Clown If you haven’t read anything by Vivek Shraya, you are missing out. Her recent Now Magazine article discusses the relationship be

Writing A Book Series

When I was growing up, I couldn’t wait for the next Hardy Boys book to come out. I lived vicariously through the adventures of the two brothers and their detective father. I still have the first fifty-one books in my library, although that leaves me hundreds short of having the whole collection, which went through multiple authors over almost a century. Years later, when I started writing my own books, I knew I wanted to write a series. What I didn’t know at the time was that writing a series can be very different than writing a single book. There are three general types of series: the serialized epic, the saga, and the continuing adventures. Think of the serialized epic as one really long b

Around the Web: Encyclopedia Brown, Comp Titles, Literary Agents, and More

Hello, everyone, and happy Friday. I hope you've had a fantastic week and are preparing for wonderful weekend. As always, here's some reading material to get your weekend started with. Who Wrote Encyclopedia Brown Encyclopedia Brown is the plucky star of a series of children’s mystery novels. He and his detective skills are well known, but his creator is less so. Donald J. Sobol was happy to let his books stand for themselves, but Crime Reads has the scoop on this author’s life and how he came to write one of the most celebrated child detectives. On Comp Titles Been a while since I recommended a podcast, but I’ve got one for you now. Writing Excuses is a podcast for writers by writers, and a

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