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June 22, 2013

Kirkus charges $425 to review your book

I had NO IDEA they reviewed books for profit. Listen folks, I will happily do it for $400. $410 if it's a memoir. How to Get Your Book Reviewed | Kirkus Indie Reviews
Request a review by simply clicking the Get Started link. You'll provide as much information as possible about your book, choose whether you want to send us a printed (mailed) or digital (uploaded) submission, select either standard service (7-9 weeks) or express service (4-6 weeks) and pay for your review (standard service $425, express service $575). When you submit your order, you'll get a response from the Kirkus Indie team confirming receipt of your request.

June 19, 2013

20 quotes on writing from Stephen King

STEPHEN KING’S 20 QUOTES ON WRITING | azevedo's reviews
1. “Any word you have to hunt for in a thesaurus is the wrong word. There are no exceptions to this rule.” 2. “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It’s about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” 3. “Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” 4. “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” 5. “In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.” . . .

June 09, 2013

Amish romance novels are a thing now for people who don't want to read about sex

Or electricity I'm guessing? I'm not sure why these are Amish. According to that "Devil's Playground" movie about rumsprina, the Amish go nuts before they officially sign on to the lifestyle and man get their bone on. Couldn't *anyone* be a character in a chaste romance? Why Amish Romance Novels Are Hot | The Passive Voice | Writers, Writing, Self-Publishing, Disruptive Innovation and the Universe
In 2003, one new romance novel with an Amish theme was published. This year at least 86 are being released. Five of the top 10 best sellers on a recent list of Christian fiction were Amish titles, and the novels regularly hit mainstream best-seller lists. The top three authors of Amish romance novels—Beverly Lewis, Cindy Woodsmall and Wanda Brunstetter—have sold among them more than 24 million books. Dubbed “bonnet rippers” by journalists who have suggested that the books are a kind of “Fifty Shades of Grey” for church ladies, Amish romance novels are written and read mostly, but not exclusively, by evangelical Christian women. “Getting Dirty in Dutch Country” is how a headline in Bloomberg Businessweek described the genre. But evangelical erotica this is not. The stories feature suitors whose suspenders stay put. “The longer he stood so close to her, the stronger the need to kiss her lips became,” writes Ms. Woodsmall of her hero’s thoughts in “When the Heart Cries.” “But he was afraid she might not appreciate that move.” Readers of Amish fiction are looking not for racy stories, but for romances in which the trinity of modesty, chastity and fidelity reign. While the books often feature a female protagonist that falls in love with a man outside of her community, the relationship always remains sweetly romantic.

Legendary scifi author Iain Banks has died at 59

59 seems so young to die of cancer. BBC News - Iain Banks dies of cancer aged 59
Author Iain Banks has died aged 59, two months after announcing he had terminal cancer, his family has said. Banks, who was born in Dunfermline, Fife, revealed in April he had gall bladder cancer and was unlikely to live for more than a year. He was best known for his novels The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity. In a statement, his publisher said he was "an irreplaceable part of the literary world". A message posted on Banksophilia, a website set up to provide fans with updates on the author, quoted his wife Adele saying: "Iain died in the early hours this morning. His death was calm and without pain."