Nathan Bransford, Author

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Past Few Week in Books 7/18/14

Photo by me. I'm on Instagram here.
Okay so this is more like the last few months in books because I have fallen down on the job like

but never fear! We have some terrific links for you!

Let's get to it.

Some big news today as Amazon officially rolled out its rumored $9.99 Kindle Unlimited subscription plan. Is this the long-awaited "Netflix of books?"

This was one of my favorite Buzzfeed features in a long time: the book covers of 90s book title mashups (like The Little Prince of Bel Air).

Which rappers are more verbose than Shakespeare, and which... uh, aren't? This chart is awesome. The Wu Tang Clan can hold their craniums high.

It's really important to revise your novel. But when is enough enough? Here are some red flags that you might have revisionitis.

Exposition is so tricky to handle deftly. Writer Jennifer Hubbard talks about the most important part of getting it right: Dole out only the information you need to understand what's happening now.

Nathan Bransford catnip: 4 tips on creativity from the creator of Calvin and Hobbes.

In other Bill Watterson news, OMG new Bill Watterson comic.

Do you have a self-published masterpiece? If so the Guardian wants you to submit it for review. They're choosing one self-published book to be featured each month.

Penguin Random House unveiled their new logo, disappointing everyone who hoped it would be a penguin standing in front of a house. Here is what they come up with instead:

Agent Kristin Nelson has an important reminder for all authors: read your contracts.

19 rare recordings of famous authors.

Jason Song has an interesting article about authors who are turning to young adult fiction.

Tony Horwitz wrote about the travails of being a digital bestseller.

Charlie Jane Anders has a tip for cutting down your novel: outline outline outline.

And finally, friend-of-the-blog Tony Schmiesing is a quadrupalegic skiier whose quest to ski Alaska is truly, truly inspiring:

The Edge of Impossible with Tony Schmiesing from HighFivesFoundation on Vimeo.

Have a great weekend!


Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

Thanks for the mention.

Thanks for the link to the Watterson story--not only did I enjoy the comics, but I now know there is such a word as "grawlix."

JeffO said...

One wonders how much Penguin Random House spent on that design....

Your photo is fantastic, love it, and the whole story of Watterson's return is great.

doomsday said...

Thanks for this article

birdinabowler said...

Ah, now my Monday is better. :) I always look forward to your posts about what's happening in book world.

John Stanton said...

Great links as always...

I wanted "Random House of Penguins" for the new logo.

LadySaotome said...

Thanks for the Watterson story.

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