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GETTING LITERARY IN THE MYSTERY GENRE

    [When I published The Beardmore Relics on Smashwords as an e-book, I had to choose a category.  I was torn between “literary novel” and “mystery novel”.  Why?  Because it is both. I chose the mystery genre to write … Continue reading

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WHY SWITCH?

[What’s so great about traditional publishing?  One watchword is legitimacy.  That idea is not going away anytime soon. However.  Many of the other benefits writers have “traditionally” associated with “traditional” publishing, are being demythologized.  One “benefit” is marketing.  I am discovering … Continue reading

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A MILLION BUCKS . . . ER, BOOKS

[It news like this that helps a lot of indie authors – aka self-published authors – get up in the morning.] New Kindle million-sellers: Baldacci, Hocking & Stephenie Meyer November 11, 2011 | 11:09 am This week, David Baldacci, Amanda Hocking and Stephenie … Continue reading

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WHAT MAKES WRITERS WEEP

[What do writers wanna do?  They wanna write. What do SOME wanna-be writers do?  They copy other writers’ words and pass them off as their own: the biggest crime in the literary universe.  They make the real writers look bad, especially … Continue reading

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POST-BORDERS SURVIVAL

[As a follow-up to my post two days ago, I am gratified to learn that some booksellers see the writing on the wall, and are adapting.  You will not want to follow every link in the following article – especially … Continue reading

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BOOKSTORES IN JEOPARDY

[Yes, it’s tough times for the traditional bookseller.  A lot of competition is coming from e-books, which helps explain the demise of bookstores on every continent.  Here is another report in the continuing saga.  Let’s hope they can adapt their … Continue reading

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e-BOOK BUZZ

[Over half a millenium ago, the Gutenberg bible electrified the world.  It cost a lot to print and a lot to buy.  It may still be the most expensive book in the world. There are only 21 complete copies left.  … Continue reading

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GROUNDED IN PLACE – FOLLOW-UP

I am constantly amazed by my friends and neighbours because so many are so unfamiliar with their backyards.  I could place a bet that 90% of them could not locate the Kamuck River on a map without serious help.  Probably … Continue reading

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GROUNDED IN PLACE

Decades ago, I read The Strange One by Fred Bodsworth.  The story is set in Northeastern Ontario, between Timmins and Moosonee, and one of the characters is a barnacle goose. This goose resembles a Canada goose, but it is native … Continue reading

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MY OWN LITTLE POSTAGE STAMP . . .

[This observation about William Faulkner’s attitude to his personal geography struck me as apropos.  It’s amazing how much Faulkner and I are alike, except that he’s a world-famous author, his works are taught at universities, he’s got unplumbed depths of … Continue reading

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