Changing Reading Habits

Back in 2012, I did some math (this alone is an amazing fact worth noting) and figured out that I wasn’t reading many “real” (i.e. physical) books. In 2012, of the 64 books I had read in the calendar year, 28 were physical books, 22 were eBooks, and 14 were audiobooks. Rounding up those percentages, that’s 44%Continue reading “Changing Reading Habits”

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No Time to Read “Real” Books: My Reading Habits and a Love of eBooks and Audiobooks

January is coming to a close and my reading goals (if not my writing goals) are on track, for the most part. As planned, I’ve read five books this month. (Though one of them wasn’t a writing craft book like I’d wanted it to be. I’m only 8 percent through Hooked: Write Fiction That GrabsContinue reading “No Time to Read “Real” Books: My Reading Habits and a Love of eBooks and Audiobooks”

Publish Local: The Bookstore Press Trend

As feisty independent bookstore owner Meg Ryan once illustrated in the film You’ve Got Mail, physical bookstores have long been trying a variety of methods to compete. While in the film Meg Ryan fought against the monopoly of chain bookstore Fox Books, modern booksellers are battling against Amazon and other e-book sales by hosting authorContinue reading “Publish Local: The Bookstore Press Trend”

An E-Reader Battle: Kindle Fire vs. Kindle

My boyfriend completely surprised me this year when we exchanged gifts and I unwrapped a Kindle Fire. Only last Christmas, his parents had shocked me by giving me a traditional Kindle so I was not expecting the newest product in the Kindle line. Though in the past few months I was aware of the releaseContinue reading “An E-Reader Battle: Kindle Fire vs. Kindle”

Readable Christmas Presents: The Best Books of 2011

For those of you stuck in that dangerous position of having more Christmas shopping to do, but no idea of what to get, the bookstore is a great one-stop shop to get something for everybody left on your list. I won’t mention which books I might have gotten for who (you can’t spoil the surpriseContinue reading “Readable Christmas Presents: The Best Books of 2011”

Dear Indie Bookstores: Stop Judging Books by their Covers

When you’re driving, sometimes you encounter some very important people–read, jerks–who break all the rules; they go fifty miles over the speed limit, weave around you in closely-packed traffic, and almost cause four car crashes before they speed out of sight. Some people get mad at these rude drivers and let out a stream ofContinue reading “Dear Indie Bookstores: Stop Judging Books by their Covers”

Hunting for Undiscovered Publication Paths

As I mentioned earlier, I was slammed with a load of rejection letters this week.  This means that I need to start up the submission process again.  However, I’ve kind of run out of ideas of where to send my writing.  Does anybody have any recommendations for literary journals to submit fiction and creative non-fiction to?  Or a resource that listsContinue reading “Hunting for Undiscovered Publication Paths”

The One Downfall to Being Published Electronically: You Can’t Sign a Kindle

Personally, I started out being rather iffy/stand-offish/old-fashioned about the whole e-book revolution.  Give me a physically bound book or give me death, I cried over-dramatically.  I was particularly fond of Meg Cabot’s continued complaint that ebooks are not bathtub friendly (not that paper books are really very compatible with getting wet either, but at leastContinue reading “The One Downfall to Being Published Electronically: You Can’t Sign a Kindle”