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links for 2009-03-05

  • "But increasingly, and I'm not the first to bemoan it, the book business is not about finding and nurturing authors or building audiences and careers. It's about "opening big" and making a splash. "Bring me a big book," more than one editor has told more than one agent more than once in the past 20 years. This was true before the current economic downturn — when Mr. Burnham, to be fair, made his bet — and it is even truer now.

    "How can this be? Everybody knows that the book business is hurting, that money is tight, that layoffs are rampant. A risky time to be throwing money around. Still, publishers keep looking for the big score."

    It's not books. It's the book business.

  • 'Playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote passed away today at 92-years-old. Foote wrote screenplays like the the Academy Award-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird" and Oscar-nominated script "Tender Mercies." He won the Pulitzer Prize for "The Young Man From Atlanta," and was celebrated for his nine-play series, "The Orphans' Home." Read more in his NY Times obituary.'
  • "WRITING COMMUNITY / WRITER’S DIGEST Whether an exercise in self-discovery or a new way to make money, sales of writing books are on the rise. A long-standing leader in the writing community—with over 250,000 members—Writer’s Digest shows readers how to sidestep the gaffes that plague writers at every stage of the process with 70 Solutions to Common Writing Mistakes. From developing good habits to perfecting scene and structure to writing and editing a new piece, author and New York Times best-selling novelist Bob Mayer gives readers the skills they need to produce a polished final draft. This product is 128 pages."

    Start sidestepping your gaffes today!

  • "Welcome to the Suvudu Free Book Library. We know it can be hard to navigate the countless fantasy and science fiction series out there and figure out which ones are right for you. Well, we're here to make those tough decisions a bit easier on you. With the Suvudu Free Book Library, you can read the first book in some of our most acclaimed series absolutely free! We're kicking off the library with five full-length novels for you to sample, but we'll be adding new titles on a regular basis, so be sure to sign up for our newsletter so you're the first to find out what our newest free offerings are!"
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