This is utterly abhorrent to me. I don’t usually share things like this but I wanted to help spread the word and the campaign of awareness which is growing about this judgement.
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This is a satirical (but based in truth as all good pieces are) look at some of the shit which goes on in the book writing world
Today, I’m going to do you a solid by taking one of those excuses away. You’re getting some Writing Prompts. And not just any Writing Prompts, but Bad Boy Romance Prompts.
(Please note that no actual romance writers were harmed in the making of these prompts.)
Prompt #1: You are foreign. Maybe Australian! Your scammy non-fiction books aren’t selling too well, but you spot the latest trend: bad boy romance, and decided to write under a woman’s name – no, screw that, several women’s names! You eagerly stuff several books into one, artificially inflating your page count and stealing from your fellow authors. You do this across all your books – who cares anyway, they are all ghostwritten.
Prompt #2: You’re…
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Imagine if you were incarcerated and weren’t able to get hold of books to read with which you could identify? That’s the lot of many LGBTQ+ prisoners in the USA.
This organisation helps send books into prisons. I just donated $10 so they can send two sets of books.
Fascinating piece on the “discovery” that the famous warrior found at Birka was female
The last week has been a fascinating and disturbing time for Viking mortuary archaeology in the public sphere.
On 8th September 2017, an international academic peer-review article was published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropologyauthored by Hedenstierna-Jonson et al., reinterpreting a single skeleton (i.e. not multiple skeletons from the same grave) from a 10th-century chamber grave from the Viking Age trading settlement of Birka. It was discovered in the 19th-century excavations at Birka by Hjalmar Stolpe (in 1877). The Bj581 chamber grave contained a skeleton in a flexed position on its right side suggesting the person had originally been interred in a seated position. The body had been furnished with rich apparel with Eastern links, weapons, gaming pieces and two horses at the foot of the grave.
This grave’s occupant has been shown through multiple skeletal determinations to be a ‘female’, and the article proves this by presenting…
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Definitely worth a read on the pricing debate in the romance genre
Recently there has been a lot of discussion about ebook prices in the circles I move in online. The gist of these discussions tends to be one of two things:
- Readers complaining about ebooks being priced too high, and making statements like “I’d never spend X amount of dollars on a book that’s only Y pages!”
- Authors complaining that nobody will buy their book that’s priced at X dollars anymore, because there are too many books priced at 99c and they can’t compete with that.
Readers complaining about how authors/publishers price their books come across as entitled, because nobody is forcing them to buy that book. If you don’t feel a certain book is good value for money, then you can give it a miss and buy something else.
Amazon isn’t a magic money tree, sadly…
I’d like to point out that publishers or self-published authors don’t just pull a…
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