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BOOK BITS: Write a book in 30 days, Pippa’s recipes, ‘The Bone Bed,’ Lemony Snicket, current book fairs

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With National Novel Writing Month beginning November 1, this is an excellent time for a series of articles in The Guardian about writing a book in 30 days (beginning with item 7). It’s a bit formal for a chaos-based writer like me, but for those who prefer at least a smattering or organization, it’s an interesting approach.

For those of you who need excuses not to write a book in 30 days, there’s Lemony Snicket’s new book (item 20) and Philip Pullman’s version of fifty Grimm’s fairy tales noted yesterday on Malcolm’s Round Table.

Here are your writers’ links for Thursday, October 25, 2012 (As always, most graphics are also links.)

  1. News: America’s Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong – “In what may come as a pleasant surprise to people who fear the Facebook generation has given up on reading — or, at least, reading anything longer than 140 characters — a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project reveals the prominent role of books, libraries and technology in the lives of young readers, ages 16 to 29.” NPR
  2. News: Graphic Novels, Digital Comics Go Global At the Frankfurt Book Fair, by Calvin Reid – “The Frankfurt Book Fair attracts more than 7,000 exhibitors from around the world and about 280,000 attendees (including 148,000 professionals). Of interest to comics fans, the show culminates on Saturday in an open access public day—consumers pay about 30 euros to get in— throwing open the doors to a mob of consumers looking for books, and including what appeared to be thousands of teen-age cosplayers who gather in the Fair’s outdoor plaza dressed as their favorite western comics, manga and anime characters and do what cosplayers love to do: promenade about in their elaborate costumes and pose for photographs.” Publishers Weekly
  3. Review: The Big Screen By David Thomson, reviewed by Troy Jollimore – “David Thomson’s ‘The Big Screen’ tells the story of the rise and decline of an art form that once played a central role in human life.” The Christian Science Monitor
  4. Feature: Pippa Middleton book: How good are these royal recipes? by Kenda Nordin – “Pippa’s new book, “Celebrate,” features seasonal themed parties with fashionable photos full of rosy cheeked children enjoying themselves and, of course, the perfect tresses and dimpled smile of the author herself.” The Christian Science Monitor
  5. News: Four Playwrights Win Whiting Writers’ Awards, by Jason Boog – ” The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation has given $50,000 to ten promising writers for the 2012 Whiting Writers’ Awards. In a new record for the awards, four playwrights received awards.” GalleyCat
  6. Viewpoint: Should All Authors Blog? by Rachelle Gardner – “A few years ago, the standard wisdom was that authors, both fiction and non-fiction, should have blogs in order to gather an audience and build relationships with readers. Now, not so much.” Rachelle Gardner
  7. How To: Creating your preliminary outline with characters, setting and plot – Days 1-6 of How to Write a Book in 30 Days The Guardian
  8. Resource: Moby Dick Big Read – “an online version of Melville’s magisterial tome: each of its 135 chapters read out aloud, by a mixture of the celebrated and the unknown, to be broadcast online in a sequence of 135 downloads, publicly and freely accessible.” Plymouth University
  9. How To: Researching Your Novel – Days 7-13 of How to Write a Book in 30 Days The Guardian
  10. Feature: The Little Library Under the Oak, by Nicki Leone – “I have a new ritual every morning when I get up. After I’ve said good morning to the dogs, and fed the cats (who prefer tuna to a morning hug), and put the water on for coffee, I fill a plastic jug with water, pick up three or four books from the stack by the door, and stroll down to the end of the driveway. There I pick up my newspaper, water the mums, and add the books to the empty spots on the shelves of the little roofed structure standing at the curb. My own personal “Little Free Library” —painted red, white and blue, with a glass door with a hook latch, and the words “please take a book” scrawled across the front in grease paint.” BiblioBuffet
  11. How To: The Evolution of Your Story – Days 14-15 of How to Write a Book in 30 Days  The Guardian
  12. Review: The Bone Bed: A Scarpetta Novel, by Patricia Cornwell, reviewed by Barbara Lipkien – “”The Bone Bed is one of the best books that Patricia Cornwell has written. She certainly offers readers a large dose of suspense and mystery…. Cornwell defines her genre and offers a stellar novel.”” BookReporter
  13. How To: Introducing the Formatted Outline – Days 16-24 of How to Write a Book in 30 Days  The Guardian
  14. News: Did The Daily Beast Eat Newsweek? by Michael Learmonth – “Many pundits will proclaim Newsweek as simply the latest in an inevitable parade of former print publications crossing over to digital-only form — following PC Magazine, Gourmet and Smart Money, to name a few. But the newsweekly faced a specific set of challenges, not the least of which came from within its own organization.” Advertising Age
  15. How To: Evaluating the strength of your formatted outline – Days 25-28 of How to Write a Book in 30 Days  The Guardian
  16. News: Great Caesar’s ghost! Clark Kent quits the Daily Planet, by Jeff Gray – “You know it’s bad when even Clark Kent – who is supposed to be “a mild-mannered reporter,” after all – blows his stack in the Daily Planet newsroom and quits print journalism.” The Globe and Mail
  17. How To: Revising Your First Draft – Days 29-30 of How to Write a Novel in 30 Days The Guardian
  18. Fairs: Mildred Laughlin Festival of Books for Young People, Rose State College (Tom Steed Community Learning Center), October 25; Louisiana Book Festival, State Library, State Capitol, State Museum and other nearby locations, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 27; Boston Book Festival, Copely Square, Boston, MA, October 27; LitCrawl Austin, multiple East Austin venues, Austin, TX, October 27
  19. Quote: “Everywhere I go I’m asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don’t stifle enough of them. There’s many a best-seller that could have been prevented by a good teacher.” –  Flannery O’Connor (Click here to listen to a portion of a recently discovered and digitized O’Connor recording.)
  20. Review: Who Could That Be At This Hour? All the Wrong Questions 1, by Lemony Snicket, reviewed by Christopher Healy – “‘Who Could That Be at This Hour?’ is the first chapter of ‘All the Wrong Questions,’ a new mock-autobiographical series that recounts the almost 13-year-old Lemony’s apprenticeship with an enigmatic secret society — a prequel to “Unfortunate Events.” And while that first series worked as both a tribute to and parody of Gothic literature, this new one does the same for noir detective fiction.” The New York Times
  21. News: Vanilla Heart Publishing and Author Marilyn Morris Celebrate Lupus Awareness Month – “Each copy of ‘The Cards We’re Dealt’ by Marilyn Celeste Morris sold in any format, print or electronic, through the month of October will send $1 to for their continuing support of research and support of this devastating condition. ” Vanilla Heart Publishing
  22. Viewpoint: Some Hard Numbers, by Janet Reid – For a self-published author seeking a mainstream publisher, “To get noticed, you have to sell a lot of books. By a lot I mean more than 20,000.” Janet Reid, Literary Agent

“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of contemporary fantasy, including “Sarabande.” His Kindle/Nook short story “Moonlight and Ghosts” was released last month.

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