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Because It's HOT!
Deanndra
Hall

2011 was The Year. By April 2011, we had buried three family members in eighteen months—okay, four if you count our old, red dog (and she counted, believe me). It was a hard year. On my fifty-first birthday, I stood in the rain and listened to them auctioning off my in-laws’ house. It was the culmination of everything I’d been doing for years.

Fantasy: Today's New Fashion
Barbara
Gaskell-Denvil

So, what exactly is fantasy? The main ingredient in this wildly popular genre is escapism. Don’t we all sometimes dream of escape from the dreary routine of our everyday lives? Most of us try to take a holiday every year and go somewhere completely different from our normal habitat.

Words With a Flourish
C.J.R.
Watkins

The transition from using a pen in forming beautiful calligraphic letters to using a keyboard in composing a beautiful story is not as difficult as one might imagine. Not because they aren’t entirely different endeavors, but because the desired effects are, in many respects, the same.

Smashwords CEO Mark Coker’s business depends on being able to determine the ups and downs, the changes and the successes in the publishing market.  As a result, he has become surprisingly adept, and often prophetically correct, at gauging what the future holds in this ever-changing industry.

Lowering the Boom
Maggie
Wells

Baby boomers are influencing almost every facet of our economy—including publishing. Readers tend to fall for heroes or heroines whose trials and triumphs reflect their own. And so, the logic would follow that Romance writers—and publishers in general—would want to, uh, tap that, right? Well…maybe. Eventually. The industry is a little slow to come around.

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