Interesting post about books published in the US and international settings.
Blogger and writer Alison Wells has a super-nifty story up this Friday: Adam, Eve, and the Indie Author.
I adore this post from agent and writer Nathan Bransford looking at writing v storytelling:
….not that every popular book is written phenomenally well, but a popular book is doing SOMETHING very well, and it’s far more valuable to try to pinpoint what that writer is succeeding at rather than simply dismissing a book as being horribly written just because you don’t like it or just because the prose isn’t top notch.
It might be the suspense, it might be the tension, it might be the pacing, it might be the setting, it might be the characters, or even more likely a combination of several different elements. But if a book is phenomenally popular, something is working that is attracting readers, and no, it’s not just the marketing.
Writer Michele Gorman muses on chick-lit and its readers, writers, and merits.
“The problem” with chick-lit, I’m told, is that it doesn’t deal with the real issues that women face. Well actually, some of it does. From sibling rivalry to infidelity, addictions to poor body image, a woman can take her pick within the genre if she wants to. And the rest of it? It’s meant for pure indulgent enjoyment, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Author Tamora Pierce on writing girl heroes and why.
But make no mistake about it: there are still more books for guys out there than there are for girls. It’s fine that people write guy heroes. But please don’t knock those of us who know that being a girl, and a woman, is a lifelong fight, on the shelves and off.