Month: February 2012

The New Publishing Game

I teach people to write books. I love what I do. I also love this exciting new publishing world of ours. Publishing is changing. People who earn their living from writing, producing and selling books are feeling the pressure. What does this mean to the pre-published writer?…

8 Songs Inspired By Literature

Song: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen Inspired by: The Stranger by Albert Camus Notable Lyric: “Mama I just killed a man, Put a gun against his head Pulled my trigger, now he’s dead. Mama, life had just begun, But now I’ve gone and thrown it all away.” Song:…

Cruel Crazy Beautiful World

by Troy Blacklaws (Jacana) ISBN 9781431 402502   Troy Blacklaws is a brilliant writer whose understanding of the plight of the people who live and make a living on the periphery of South African society is so true. His prose-like writing is beautiful, evoking a…

The Cat’s Table

by Michael Ondaatje (Jonathan Cape) ISBN: 9780224093620   Being invisible because of young age or low status allows a better view of what is going on around you. That is the idea that Ondaatje portrays in The Cat’s Table, a fictional tale with “the colouring…

Number or Amount – Which one should I use?

When do you say 'the number of' and when do you say 'the amount of'? Is the noun countable or uncountable? Countable nouns have plurals, for example, cars, desks, laptops, dogs, countries. Uncountable nouns do not have plurals, for example, air, land, equipment, freedom. Once…

The Writers Write Interview – Andrew Gross

Essentially Andrew Gross The Author? Andrew Gross Birthday? 18 May 1952 The Venue? 10 Bompas Road, Dunkeld, Sandton The Date? 15th February 2012 The Book? 15 Seconds The Interviewer? Amanda Patterson Essentially If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Lavender What is the colour of anger? …

Publishing ‘Blurbs’ in Plain Language

40 Publishing Buzzwords, Clichés and Euphemisms Decoded by Janice Harayda Ever wonder what editors, publishers and critics mean when they describe books as “lyrical,” “provocative” or “ripped from the headlines”? Let industry veterans explain it to you. I asked experts on Twitter to decode common publishing terms and…

Book Review – One Last Time

by John Edward (Piatkus) ISBN 9 780749 941406 John's fresh approach has earned him international fame among those who seek genuine after-death communication. He has an extraordinary gift that has opened a window to the other side. I have often tried, with eyes tight shut,…

Book Review – The Lady & The Peacock

by Peter Popham (Random House) ISBN: 9781846042492 Elegant, beautiful and detained for more than twenty years: most people don’t know how to pronounce her name, but she is by far the most famous woman politician in the world, never to have held office. Just like…

Book Review – 15 Seconds

  by Andrew Gross (Harper Collins) ISBN: 9780007296903 Amanda is an unhappy teenager. She's high, on her way to work, when she loses control of the car she's driving. She kills a young mother and her eight week old son. Plastic Surgeon, Dr Henry Steadman…
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