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When I met Bruce Sterling in the early ’90s, I didn’t know the bit of biography he reveals in this short reflection on Arthur C. Clarke. I think it explains, at least in part, why he was handing out computer disks with his own writing on it. And I learned a few things about Clarke, too.

Personal Writings of Arthur C. Clarke Reveal the Evolution of “2001: A Space Odyssey” | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/personal-writings-arthur-c-clarke-reveal-evolution-2001-space-odyssey-180954967/

Artist needs support

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Author hands book to student

Abbie Reese (seated) signs a copy of her book, Dedicated to God, at a preview for her film project, Chosen (Custody of the Eyes), April 22, at Rockford University.

Who doesn’t dream about having a book made into a film? Abbie Reese, who describes herself as an independent artist and researcher, is making her film a reality, but she needs some help. She’s been working on a project with the Poor Clare Colettines in Rockford, Illinois, for 10 years. That’s when she began wondering why a young woman would decide to spend her life in a cloistered community. “It’s a radical decision,” she says. Last year the book — Dedicated to God — came out from Oxford University Press. Now she’s looking for funding for the film, Chosen (Custody of the Eyes). I went to a preview of the work-in-progress last night. I think it’s fascinating. Please take a moment to visit the film site, learn about Abbie’s project, and consider making a donation. Thanks.
http://www.chosenthefilm.com/

Sell it

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Two Florida indie authors have opened a bookstore that sells only indie-published books. There’s an idea worth spreading.

First Bookstore Dedicated to Self-Published Authors Opens in Florida.
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/66254-first-bookstore-dedicated-to-self-published-authors-opens-in-florida.html#path/pw/by-topic/industry-news/bookselling/article/66254-first-bookstore-dedicated-to-self-published-authors-opens-in-florida.html

Make a trailer

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A friend of mine who self-published an award-winning fantasy novel just told me he’s going to have a trailer made for it. I think I’ll pass these tips along to him. They’re worth considering even if you don’t do it yourself.

Creating a Book Trailer for Your Self-Published Novel | Self-Publishing Review
http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2015/04/creating-a-book-trailer-for-your-self-published-novel/

Just smashing

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Self-publishing used to be called “vanity press” because some people who couldn’t interest a traditional publisher were thought to be feeding their egos by paying to have their books printed. It’s still true that some people rush forward without editing or rewrites, but, more and more, independent authors do take care to put out their best work. Smashwords has helped a lot of people release their books. Here’s an interview with its founder.

London Book Fair 2015: Self-Publishing Smashes Through
http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/international/london-book-fair/article/66265-london-book-fair-2015-self-publishing-smashes-through.html#path/pw/by-topic/international/london-book-fair/article/66265-london-book-fair-2015-self-publishing-smashes-through.html

Authentic vs. pedantic

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I’m working on a story set in the 1840s and I want the setting to be authentic. I’ve been thinking about how to do that without sounding like a history book. This post considers the same question. How much backstory is too much? (You may need to scroll past a bunch of menu items to get to the post.)

Research: Keeping the Backstory in the Back | Indies Unlimited
http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2015/04/14/researching-keeping-the-backstory-in-the-back/

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