1 Million Words or 10,000 Hours?

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers: The Story of Success, he repeatedly mentions the “10,000-Hour Rule”, claiming that the key to success  in becoming an expert in any field is a matter of practicing a specific task for a total of 10,000 hours. With the current indie-publishing boom, I’ve been reading and hearing a lot of […]

Kindle Ebook Formatting Made Easy

Ebooks are changing the publishing world in the same way MP3 files changed the music industry.  At present Amazon’s Kindle is the King of the Hill of ereaders and is reported to be the driving force in ebook growth. There are a number of recent news reports pointing out authors making a dramatic shift from […]

255 Top Novels of All Time

At the beginning of this year, a series of eight literary groups and media publications came out with lists of the Top 100 Novels of All Time. Included in the group were lists from: The Modern Library, Radcliffe’s, TIME, The Telegraph and The Guardian from the U.K. and The New York Times. Examining the lists, […]

Suggested Reading: The Gathering Dead

Okay, I really like Zombie Thrillers and Stephen Knight can write them. He puts a twist on this genre in a way I only thought of in the back of my mind, “What if Zombie’s retained some residual intelligence when they became creatures of the undead? How much more deadly would they be then?” Stephen […]

Amazon E-books in the Library (soon)

Amazon announced that you will be able to check-out an e-book from the library to your Kindle. Amazon said this service will be available “later this year,” but did not specify a launch date. The News Release More than 11,000 libraries in the U.S are participating in this electronic-book-loaning program. A company named OverDrive will […]

Ebook Sales Surpass Paper Books!

CNN, engadget, and The Sun (UK) have been reporting that ebook sales have eclipsed paperback and hardback books for the first time. Ebook sales totaled $90.3 million for the month of February. That’s an increase of 202% compared to the same last year, according to a study from the Association of American Publishers (AAP). That […]

The Civil War Began 150 Years Ago Today

On this day 150 years ago, at 4:30 am on April 12, 1861, Confederate Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard opened fire with an artillery barrage on Fort Sumter, commanded by Union Major Robert Anderson, starting the American Civil War. The Civil War involved over 3 million American soldiers, of which more than 640,000 died over the […]