Are Author Blurbs a Waste of Space?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature editorial by Nico Vreeland considers the downside of deceptive jacket flap copy. Blurbing — that practice of soliciting favorable quotations from fellow authors — is an accepted practice in the book business, but one that is often less-than-forthright. As many have noted before, blurbs all-too-frequently overpraise a work in terms the author of the blurb …

Salon’s Laura Miller Isn’t a Fan of NaNoWriMo

In Erin's Perspective by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox If you read Salon and love Laura Miller like I do, you’ve probably already read this piece she wrote yesterday about the downside to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), in which I (and many of you) are participating.  Okay, to say she isn’t a fan is an oversimplification, but she echoes many of the comments made on …