Why do people buy books?

Back in 2010, a survey of book buying behaviour in the US returned the following figures: Author reputation 52% Personal recommendation 49% Price 45% Book Reviews 37% Cover/Blurb 22% Advertising…

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The 8 longest words in English

The longest word in the English language is a whisker under 190,000 letters long and would take over an hour to say out loud. Excuse me if I don’t reproduce…

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Real words: anatidaephobia

“Anatidaephobia: the fear that somewhere in the world, a duck or a goose is watching you. Not attacking or touching, just watching you …” The word first appeared in a…

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Quote: Don DeLillo

A writer takes earnest measures to secure his solitude and then finds endless ways to squander it. Don DeLillo

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J K Rowling’s Diary

In late December 2005, J K Rowling’s original website, jkrowling.com, contained the following message: Until very recently, JKRowling.com was a list of links to my publishers – boring, I think…

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Quote: Meg Cabot

Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no…

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Copyright, Contracts, Patreon and Personal Choice

If you use, or are considering using, Patreon, you might like to take a look at their Terms of Use first. Particularly this clause:

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Writing isn’t easy …

Writing isn’t easy and, even after you’ve been doing it for a few years, you’re still a novice. If you want to be a successful writer, be prepared to work…

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Things you don’t know you know

“Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that word order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac.”

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Neil Gaiman on Piracy

“I used to get really grumpy with people because they put my poems up, they put my stories up, they put my stuff up on the web. And I had this belief, which was completely erroneous, that if people put your stuff up on the web and you didn’t tell them to take it down, you would lose your copyright.”

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