Take a small bite

This is for all my friends who, like me, have a fulltime job and want to write, too. Try this. Even if you can’t squeeze 25 minutes into your day, try 10 or 15. 
How 25 Minutes A Day Can Help You Achieve Your Writing Dreams – SuccessWorks.
http://seocopywriting.com/achieve-writing-dream/

To market, to market

Over the last few years, I’ve met several authors who have been marketing their books. Most are independent. Some have hybrid contracts with publishing houses, and a few have traditional contracts. But I wouldn’t have met most of them if they hadn’t traveled to a book store or author fair or conference to talk about their books. Knowing something about marketing is critical these days. Here are four tips to consider.

4 Tactics To Create Brand Loyalty Through Relationship Marketing.
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245439?ctp=BizDev&src=Syndication&msc=LinkedInPulse

Scifi for me, please

If you asked me, I’d have to admit to wanting my scifi free of fantasy elements. Can’t help it. While I don’t mind dragons in movies, I’m not so willing to read about them. I want my “Ship who Sang.” You can have those “dragons of Perth.” This post explains the differences, the fusions, and their futures well.
Who Got Fantasy in My Science Fiction? – Charlie’s Diary.
http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2015/04/who-got-fantasy-in-my-science-.html

No paper

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

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

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