Study: Reading Completion Rate Correlates with Reader’s Age

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Finishing a book depends a great deal on a reader’s age, according to a study by Jellybooks. In most cases, completion rates were higher for readers under 35 and those older than 45. Readers between those two groups had the lowest completion rate. Read the full post »

Beware the “Submission Itch” and Other Common Mistakes Writers Make

“You are what you submit,” says a former managing editor of a literary magazine. It behooves you to submit only your best work, and yet, the submission itch—the mad rush to release one’s work to the world—is a common malady.  Before you submit, make sure you’re not making these three common mistakes. Read the full post »

3 Writing Lessons from “Catch-22” and “Slaughterhouse-Five”

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I’ve been meaning to read Joseph Heller’s “Catch-22” and Kurt Vonnegut’s “Slaughterhouse-Five” for their popularity and critical acclaim.  I finally read both recently—at the same time. To be honest, they are not my favorite books, but they taught me three important lessons in writing. Read the full post »

3 Reasons Why the Copyright Office’s Independence Matters to Authors

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The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would increase the autonomy and authority of the Copyright Office. Why is it important? If you’re a professional writer, here are three reasons why it matters. Read the full post »

4 Small Presses Accept Unagented General Fiction, Genres, Nonfiction

FairOaks-Laptop-Computer-CindyFazziPicSpring is not just for spring cleaning and gardening. It’s a great time to submit manuscripts. If you don’t have a literary agent, check out these four publishers that are willing to consider submissions directly from writers. Read the full post »

Top 10 Most Challenged Books in 2016 Cover Wide Range of Genres

As Americans, the First Amendment guarantees our freedom to read, and yet to this day, some books are banned. The American Library Association’s (ALA) top ten most challenged books in 2016 covered a wide range of genres: fiction, memoir, picture books, and graphic novels. Read the full post »

Why Do We Buy Books? Let Me Count 8 Reasons

Jellybooks founder Andrew Rhomberg identified eight common reasons why people buy books. Instant gratification is at the top of the list. Compare these book-buying motivations with yours. Read the full post »

Do We Really Need the Oxford Comma? A Federal Court Says Yes

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If you don’t think the Oxford comma is necessary, a federal court’s recent decision will tell you otherwise. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of delivery drivers who claimed they were eligible for overtime pay under Maine’s regulations. Their argument relied on the absence of a serial comma in the law. Read the full post »

6 Small Presses Focus on Regional Fiction and Nonfiction

ManuscriptComputer-CindyFazziPicSmall presses can focus on niche markets, an advantage they have over big publishers. If your novel has a strong sense of place, check out these six publishers that specialize in regional titles. They welcome both agented and unagented submissions. Read the full post »

Sales of Print Books Rose in 2016

NapaValley-BookSign-CindyFazziPicUnit sales of print books increased slightly (3.3 percent) last year, the third year in a row of growth, according to Publishers Weekly. Print-book sales rose by 2.8 percent in 2015 and 2.4 percent in 2014. Read the full post »