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Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012

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Book Review: Redemption of a Hollywood Starlet by Kimberly Lang'Rating: star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012blankstar Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012blankstar Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012

Book Review: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella'Rating: star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012star Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012halfstar Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012blankstar Bookish News and Publishing Tidbits 2 July 2012

Other bookish stuff:

Teaching Authentic Writing in a Socially Mediated World'Text messages are essentially a kind of dialogue, and a tweet can certainly tell a story in 140 characters. Reviews and proposals are analytical arguments of a sort. Captions and status updates can describe; a process analysis explains in careful detail. Many of these forms use multiple ways of writing at once (reflection, for example), and some, like synthesis, invoke complex ways of organising and thinking that are often overlooked in school.

Experiments Show We Really Can Learn While We Sleep''The critical difference is that our research shows that memory is strengthened for something you've already learned,' said'Paul J. Reber, a psychologist at Northwestern and co-author of the study,'in a press release. 'Rather than learning something new in your sleep, we're talking about enhancing an existing memory by re-activating information recently acquired.'

Writing A Book On Crime: Researching Crime Time'But there was a lot to do here, not merely the fifty, but a whole lot of snippets for Did You Know? boxesThis was a book for children. As such, it had to be written carefully so that there wouldnt be anything too detailed in the descriptions of the crimesAt the same time, this was a history of crime, children Iove gruesome and I was adamant that this was not going to be a book to help with homework.

An editor on why it takes so long for a book to be published'Three times a year we launch a new editorial list, prepare marketing and sales plans for each list, and sell, market, and publish a list. We start almost a year ahead of a publication date by sharing in house, crafting marketing plans, sharing with booksellers and media, etc. And, of course, it takes time to design, print, and ship a book. This all starts AFTER the book is basically 'done.'

Super-Dreams of an Alternate World Order:'The current superhero glut may have something to do with the human appetite for tales of good and evil, but there's no question that the corporate appetite for bigger returns is insatiable. And one thing we do know is that superhero movies sell not just theater tickets but also generate multiple revenue streams (pay-per-view, toys, video games, international distribution). People were excited to see 'The Avengers,' but how could they not be? We were bombarded with the movie for years in advance.

Why I Write: George Orwells Four Motives for Creation'Looking back through the last page or two, I see that I have made it appear as though my motives in writing were wholly public-spirited. I don't want to leave that as the final impression. All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery.

Digital Digest: The 'Single-Sitting' Revolution'The emergence of publishing platforms designed to rescue digital reading from the constraints and distractions of the web browser is not only fostering the kind of immersive experience required for deep reading, but it's also making viable a new form of writing: works such as long essays, single stories, and short novellas capable of being read in a single sitting that, in the print world, would be lost in the no-man's-land between magazine article and book.

Your e-book is reading you:'For centuries, reading has largely been a solitary and private act, an intimate exchange between the reader and the words on the page. But the rise of digital books has prompted a profound shift in the way we read, transforming the activity into something measurable and quasi-public.'The major new players in e-book publishing'Amazon, Apple and Google'can easily track how far readers are getting in books, how long they spend reading them and which search terms they use to find books.

Kiersten White on Brave storytelling and storytelling in Brave'Now, I get where this complaint comes from. Sometimes I pick up a book expecting X, and it turns out to be Y, and even though Y is really good and probably just as good as X, I really had my heart set on X!'But instead of complaining and deciding that since I wanted X, Y is therefore worthless, I usually just go ahead and write X myself so that I can have the story I wanted and still appreciate Y.

In which Martin Amis receives book promo tips from Katie Price:'If [Martin Amis] had'spent a little less time at the Hay literary festival boring on about the state of the nation and a little more time galloping about the site astride a noble thoroughbred, clad only in a pair of revealing swimming trunks, then the world would be a happier place. Come on, Marts! Get your Speedos on and saddle up!

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