Imitation is Much More Than Flattery
The word imitation makes many aspiring writers nervous. If they have spent any time in the academic world, then the word imitation will probably remind them of plagiarism, a crime punishable (when discovered) by lowered grades or even expulsion. Everywhere in the writing world—especially on blogs—beginning writers are advised that their work, their story, their writing voice must be unique, entirely their own. For some, this message reverberates so loudly that they refuse even to read other writers, for fear of being denounced as "imitative." ...
— Barbara Baig at Writer Beware
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Selling e-readers may keep bookshops open a while longer, but there are bitterer pills yet to swallow for the book trade … Amazon has made little secret of its desire to sell books for virtually nothing …
— The Guardian
Amazon begins a new chapter with opening of first physical bookstore
World's biggest online retailer opens shop in Seattle's University Village stocked with 6,000 books at same price as on its website.
— The Guardian
NaNoWriMo just underway
National Novel Writing Month. Steve gets in on this each year. This year he's working on Mangrove Bayou #6. You can join him at www.nanowrimo.org More information at:
— International Business Times (seriously)
Own Your Grammar
If you believe that an agent or a publisher's literary editor is your personal editing service, take a look at the cost proposition of your grammar mistakes. Check to see quickly whether you're God's gift to writing. No? Then you can't simply sneeze on a piece of paper and it'll publish. Prove to your literary agent and/or publisher that you are a good cost proposition. Work on your grammar.
— Tampa Writers Alliance
Why Writer Beware Doesn't Make Agent Or Publisher RecommendationsFor obvious reasons, Writer Beware avoids recommending fee-based services ... But we don't feel comfortable providing other recommendations, either. There are several reasons why....
— Writer Beware
Writers, We Need To Stop Saying This
Ready to hear the most destructive thing writers say to each other? Here it is…"Writers write." Seems simple. How on earth could anyone feel like a sack of mucus drowned by pond scum after hearing those two words? Let me explain....
J.H. Moncrieff courtesy of Publetariat