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Editor’s Pick for May 8th, 2013

This week’s pick is a piece by a two-author team. I have always been fascinated by co-authored books. Being a little of a loner and having done a smidgeon of writing myself, I can’t imagine how a co-author deal would work, yet we have seen it work time and again in all forms. I have to admit, again, to my penchant for the horror/thriller genre and say that genre is just about the only one I’ve seen a successful co-author project. (Think Stephen King and Peter Straub’s dual hits “The Talisman” and “Black House”) So I shouldn’t be

What is it that makes bad writing “bad”?

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What is it that makes bad writing bad? Well, that is a rather subjective judgement call. According to the writer of this WSJ article, “[i]t’s impossible to define bad writing because no one would agree on a definition.” This is true. Bad writing for me is likely to not be the same as bad writing for you.

To be completely honest, I am somewhat of a book snob. I have been known to turn up my nose, sniff and repeatedly utter “My word!” in a very Miss Marple-esque way when I encounter

The Writer Personality

I had occasion to reflect on personality and the influences of our personalities in our writing this past week. Particularly, I was thinking about how we see ourselves and how that differs from how others see us, and how our personalities are reflected in our everyday activities. In the case of writers, it is patently impossible to write without infusing the words with aspects of our personality in one form or another.

Personality is defined as those unique qualities that make up who we are. In my case, some of those qualities are my passion, my dedication, my

It’s vacation time! Are you reading anything?

I’ve been on vacation for two weeks and I only managed to put a small dent in my reading list while I was off. Of course, this last vacation was more about entertaining visiting family that it was anything else, but I had still hoped to get in more than half a book.

Vacation means different things to different people but I think for most readers it usually means more time to read more. With physical books, you’d go vacation reading shopping; browse the bookstores and libraries for as many books as you can carry in your arms,

Traditional publishers and their disconnect with readers.

In this new age of self-publishing and electronic book and readers, the most rousing debate is about what the future of publishing is going to be. A great many people suspect that the big name, traditional publishers will be obsolete in a few years. Some of our more beloved authors have insisted that traditional book publishing is not something that should be abandoned and that they in fact are going to stick to it, at least for the major projects.

We have talked about this many times on this blog – where is the future or publishing going