I shove Stieg Larsson’s book back on the shelf. I’m not really in the mood for such a dark read. That means Connie Willis and her Doomsday Book is out, too. Indecision wraps around me and the first touch of panic grips me. I start scanning the titles faster and faster, whispering to myself, ‘No . .Continue reading “How Do You Decide Which Book to Read Next?”
According to this reading infographic from Common Sense Media, 75% of families have access to some type of e-reader, and yet 27% of 17-year-olds said they ‘never’ or ‘hardly ever’ read. 45% of 17-year-olds said they only read a book once or twice a year. According to this reading infographic from Raymond Geddes, 33% of allContinue reading “Are Books Dying?”
Last week I ran across a fantastic article discussing the challenges foreign authors face. I’m an American, but I live in a foreign country and I felt an immediate kinship with the author as they recounted the challenges they face. Talk about a nightmare sometimes. At the top of my list are virtual marketing and tax issues.Continue reading “Author Diversity”
Confession time. I juggle books. I didn’t use to, but once I became a mom, I either had to learn to juggle, or go insane. I’m also generally suspicious of all non-jugglers if they claim they are married and have children. I’m lucky if I can get out of the house and remember both kids.Continue reading “Confessions of a Book Juggler”
I was over thirty when I wrote my first book. I’d written short stories, poetry, and articles. I’d even had some of them published. But I didn’t write the last sentence of my first book until I was over thirty. Everyone says ‘to write, you must read’, and I agree wholeheartedly. But my daughter didContinue reading “What Writing Teaches Us”
I miss libraries. We have them here in Sweden, but the English sections are typically quite small . . . and old. When I do visit them, more often than not, I end up walking away disappointed. I ran across a post some time ago that provided a snapshot of life inside fifteen of theContinue reading “My Own Library”
Let me ask that again. Why do you buy a book? Is the cover knock-your-socks-off amazing? Does the copy on the back tease you? Did your best friend from elementary school recommend it? As I delve into this world of self-publishing, I find myself silently asking these questions to everyone I meet.