A Writer’s Life: Can Blogging Help You Sell Your Books?

Conventional wisdom has it that blogging helps to sell books, and the more successful your blog, the more books you will sell. Not so. Yet, marketing gurus and hugely successful bloggers like Adrienne Smith maintain that with blogging you can “make a living” (see here). Perhaps you can if you sell something else than books….

CLI-FI – A DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR CLAUDE NOUGAT

If this is a good interview, you should thank best-selling author Bob Rector, he had really good questions! CLI-FI – A DISCUSSION WITH AUTHOR CLAUDE NOUGAT. Some of the books discussed: – New York under water: Monarch butterflies invade a small corner of the Appalachian mountains causing a scary “flight behavior”: Climate fiction also includes…

The 6-Word Novel: For Sale, Wedding Ring, Never Worn!

For Sale: Wedding Ring, Never Worn Ok, I plead guilty: the original 6-word short story, a.k.a. the six word novel, an extreme form of flash fiction,  is Hemingway’s and it’s not about a failed relationship but a dead baby or perhaps an unborn child, precisely this:  For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.   He dreamt…

Black on Black? Soulages!

Lithograph, 67 by 52 cm Who’d ever guess that painting black on black would get you a million dollars and more? The miracle – because it is another Contemporary Art miracle – is called Soulages, a 94 year-old, 6 foot tall Frenchman who still paints everyday, spreading his favorite color, black, searching for the perfect…

Too Much “Noise” on the Net: is “milq” the Answer?

 We can all agree that we are bombarded with information and that most of it is useless. It’s coming at us from all directions: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Goodreads, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, Tumblr, online magazines, blogs, the list is endless.  We’re deafened with “noise” on the Net. And in all that “noise”, do you find what…

The Artist Who Stalked Death and Couldn’t Capture It

Sophie Calle is a French contemporary artist with the reputation of a “stalker”, a term used by Stuart Jeffries on the UK Guardian (see here)   Source: From UK Guardian’s article “Stalker,stripper, sleeper and spy” Whatever the right term, she is famous for being extremely intrusive in other people’s lives – for example, introducing herself…

Why Climate Fiction is Here to Stay

Climate fiction has gone viral for a very simple reason: it deals with climate change and global warming, issues that are getting worse every year. We’ve been used to dire reports from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for years but now we are getting one, equally somber report from the United States,…

Why Science Fiction is Important

This morning Amazon reminded me of what matters in Science Fiction and why it is not useless fantasy but a very serious literary genre that is able to raise deep existential issues and make us think.  Here is what I got in my email box: Your Amazon.com Today’s Deals See All Departments Customers who have…