How To Use Keyword Research To Sell More Books

From Indie Reader: To get your book noticed by potential shoppers, you have to learn what kind of phrases customers search for on Amazon when they’re shopping. Luckily, there are easy ways to get this data. In their search box, Amazon has created a function that guesses what you’re typing; their suggestion is based on … Read more

10 New Publishing Scams to Watch Out for in 2020

From Anne R. Allen’s Blog: I read a quote recently from an indie author who said he felt sorry for new writers who fall for scammy vanity publishers — because they obviously have no writer friends to clue them in. It is true that networking with other authors is the best way to stay safe … Read more

History Through a Poet’s Eyes

From The Wall Street Journal: The “elusive Lincoln is a challenge for any artist.” So the poet, troubadour, journalist and political activist Carl Sandburg declared (in combination warning and boast) in the preface to his 1926 two-volume epic, “Abraham Lincoln : The Prairie Years.” Few before or since have stalked the 16th president as relentlessly—or … Read more

Restoring the Sex and Rage to Jane Austen

From The Atlantic: Demand for Jane Austen far exceeds supply. When the novelist died in 1817 at the age of 41, she left only six full-length novels, plus three unpublished works and a collection of juvenilia. Yet in the two centuries since, Austen has become, as the British writer Alexander McCall Smith once put it, “a movement, … Read more

I hate to hear you talk

I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.~ Jane Austen, Persuasion

Is Emma Really the Heroine of Emma?

From JSTOR: “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.” So begins Emma, one of Jane Austen’s most beloved books. But not everyone is … Read more

7 Noir Love Stories

From Crime Reads: How do couples show their love? Some do it with flowers, because nothing screams romance like a handful of dying vegetation. Others send cute notes to one another, especially at this time of year. And in noir world, a lucky few get the chance to die together in a hail of high-velocity … Read more

New Kings of the World

From The Wall Street Journal: It becomes quite clear, in the first few pages of “New Kings of the World,” that Fatima Bhutto doesn’t care for America. The 37-year-old granddaughter and niece of two Pakistani prime ministers— Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his daughter Benazir—she is pugnacious (and sometimes eloquent) proof that the leftist elite of … Read more

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