- ESSAYS CONTRIBUTED BY VARIOUS AUTHORS
ESSAYS CONTRIBUTED BY VARIOUS AUTHORS
Essays Contributed By Some of Bookpleasures' Reviewers as well as guest authors.
Growing up between two cultures, Greek and American, heightened my awareness, from an early age, of America not only as a physical place but also a shifting, continually evolving idea. While Greece meant shared history and traditions, America meant reinventing and coexisting, too often uneasily, among diverse histories and traditions. The American experience is an intersection among those who came to America seeking “a better life” with those who were brought against their will and enslaved with those whose way of life was destroyed.
Fewer and fewer men read fiction. They compose only about 20% of the fiction market according to surveys. Some lay this off to genetics, suggesting that the way men’s minds work discourages them from entering into another’s experience the way fiction demands.
Cajun Nights was my first novel featuring New Orleans medical examiner, Andy Broussard, and his suicide/death investigator, Kit Franklyn. A few weeks after the book was published, I got a call from my agent with the surprising news that, “There’s been a flurry of movie and TV interest in your book.” I’d never considered that such a thing was possible. So that was one of the best phone calls I ever had.
Bookpleasures.com is excited to hear from two of our reviewers, Tom Pope and Steve Moore.They have put together a discussion based on their email exchanges to produce a Socratic discussion about several elements associated with writing thrillers. This if the first part of that discussion. Enjoy.
“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in Alice in Wonderland, “it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less. Can you make words mean so many things?”
Catherine Ashton, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in her speech of June 12, 2012 to the European Parliament, is still blinded by a Potemkin village. In that speech in which she addressed both the situation in Syria and the settlements in Israel she charged Israel rather than Syria with serious violations of international and humanitarian law.
Many books now have apps that work on iPhones or iPads and on the Android platform. Consumers can now buy the printed book, the app alone or both. Authors can capitalize on this trend by creating apps for their books or pushing their publisher to create one for them. Some apps have incredible features such as 3D effects, interactive story telling, and more. Creating an app for your book may give you a competitive advantage as well. I’ve found some book apps for both kids and adults that you’ll want to check out. Here’s my top ten:
Many writers write about what they know, what they’re interested in, what they like. Whether it’s a book that is based on a personal or professional experience, a hobby, or a passion, writers will write books that are meaningful to them but then have to find an audience to enjoy the book as much as they enjoyed writing it.
Scott Lorenz Of Westwind Communciations Discusses Ten Things Doctors Can Do To Get Speaking Engagements
Writers who find themselves caught in the publishing dilemma — "Should you wait eons for a standard publisher to pick up your manuscript or go out on a limb and self—publish?" — will be glad to learn there's a middle - of - the - road publishing option: partnership publishing.
To create a platform that stands out from the rest and *conquer all obstacles* you must learn how to ‘pitch’.
As Oprah signs off from her daily talk show, closing the chapter on Oprah’s Book Club, how will this fare for the publishing industry? The Nielsen Company takes a look at Oprah’s Book Club selections from the past ten years.
In his contemporary interpretation of Genesis, John R. Coats takes readers on a journey through the ancient text, inviting them to see its characters in a new light, not as religious icons, but as people whose day-to-day concerns, triumphs, and failures are like our own. Using stories from his life as well as the lives of people he's known, Coats creates a rubric you can use to examine your own life and to discover aspects of yourself in the characters whose lives unfold in these primordial stories.
Recently I received the following interesting email from one of bookpleasures' readers:
“White House watchers obsess over which aides have the ear of the president. For Barack Obama and past presidents, the books they read offer insight on where they want to take the country -- and how history will remember them.
In an essay for The Washington Post’s Outlook section, contributor Tevi Troy examines how books have historically informed Presidents’ politics and policies. In his piece, which is online now, Troy breaks down what Presidents have read (or haven’t read—see how a book review influenced John F. Kennedy) and how those books may have reaffirmed or shifted their views during office.
Here are two excerpts from the article and you can read the entire article by clicking on the link below:
“One of the reasons the country's intellectual class has taken so gleefully to Obama is precisely that, in addition to writing bestsellers, the man is clearly a dedicated reader. During his presidential campaign, he was photographed toting around Fareed Zakaria's "The Post-American World," the it-book of the foreign policy establishment at the time. A year ago, in an interview about economic policy, he told a reporter that he was reading Joseph O'Neill's post-Sept. 11 novel "Netherland," which had recently won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award.
In a historical sense, Obama follows a long line of dedicated presidential readers, paging all the way back to the founders. John Adams's library had over 3,000 volumes -- including Cicero, Plutarch and Thucydides -- heavily inscribed with the president's marginalia. Thomas Jefferson's massive book collection launched him into debt and later became the backbone for the Library of Congress. "I cannot live without books," he confessed to Adams. And it's likely that no president will ever match the Rough Rider himself, who charged through multiple books in a single day and wrote more than a dozen well-regarded works, on topics ranging from the War of 1812 to the American West.
To read the article in its entirety as published in the Washington Post, CLICK HERE
A Look at WhiteSmoke 2009-a proofreading and editing tool which aims to help you write better