Trends in Literature and Social Media

Posted by Janalyn Voigt, author of novel books. 

Chances are you have no idea what precisely the current literary trends are. This creates a problem for writers who decide to pen their first novel decades after completing their educations. But whether you are a writer or a reader, it’s always good to keep learning and growing and to be aware of the world around you. Let’s look at a few hallmarks of contemporary literature. ~ Dina Sleiman Current Events: Contemporary Literary Trends

In an update on its nine month results, Pearson said that sales for Penguin rose 5%. ~ Publisher's Weekly Penguin Sales up 5%



Are Men Better Bloggers than Women? Plus, How to Make Money Blogging

How to Learn Anything

Posted by Janalyn Voigt, author of novel books.
Even if you don't blog, there's some sage advice for all in this post from Copyblogger: Blogging With a Learner's Mind.
Here’s the thing: if you want to master a new skill, you have to start somewhere. As uncomfortable as it is, you have to submit yourself to looking like a fool while you master the tool.
It's easy to forget I don't need to know everything in order to share what I know. It takes true humility to teach. 
Happy Friday! Here's a fun poll and book video for readers.

Ebooks: The Great Game Changer

Posted by Janalyn Voigt, author of novel books.
David Morrell recently became the first bestselling author to release a book exclusively on Kindle. Of course, he has a ready-made audience. His thoughts on the trend toward ebooks are worth reading. Here's a snippet:


Ebooks are also allowing writers more freedom. We're no longer beholden or bound to the whims of editors, sales reps, distributors, coop, marketing dollars, chain-store buyers, and corporate folks who ultimately decide the fate our books. For the first time, we can directly reach readers without any gatekeepers or middlemen who impose their ideas on what works and what doesn't, and we can make 70% royalties, compared to the 8% royalties we've gotten for paperbacks.David Morrell on Ebooks


Tips for Using Bitly URL Shortener

Posted by Janalyn Voigt, author of novel books.


Using simple tools like Bitly that can track the clicks you’re getting from your Social Networking on twitter and facebook is invaluable. ~ Franco Gonzalez

A Free and Powerful Online Research Tool

Posted by Janalyn Voigt

Google Alerts is one of the most powerful tools made available from our friends at Mountain View, but despite it’s huge potential it’s largely under-rated and doesn’t get the appreciation or the acknowledgement it deserves. 

 It’s been around for donkey’s years but is still in Beta, and the chances are you’re using it already in a simple way, perhaps to keep track of your own name to see whether there’s a Footballer in Spain with your name or a namesake who’s running for the local council.

You might even have it running for your companies brand name to keep tabs on any good or bad press you’re getting.
And if you aren’t doing either of those two things stop reading this article now (we’ll wait for you) and go and get that set up before you do anything else.
Seriously sort it out now…
But I wanted to share with you just a few of the cleverer ways it can be used that will surprise you and almost certainly make your life a bunch easier… 

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Complete Your Home Library with Novel Books

Most people interested in expanding the intellect populate their home bookshelves with non-fiction, but fiction – especially novel books, those one-of-a-kind works of exquisite creativity, benefit the reader in many ways. Reading well-written novels broadens the horizons, boosts vocabulary and tantalizes the imagination.

Novel books take us away from our own existence and place us in someone else's skin. They afford us the opportunity to examine the world through different eyes. Insights drawn while reading fiction can challenge our own perceptions and subtly shape our thinking. That means books can both endanger and liberate us, if we let them. It also means it's important to make intelligent choices when selecting your reading material.

Finding good books presents something of a challenge, but today there's more information (and more books) available to potential readers than ever before. Take a little time to search book reviews and find book lists online. Browse reading groups in genres of interest to you at virtual book sharing sites like, and Such sites offer book clubs and reading groups, or look for these elsewhere online. You'll find reading lists and discussion forums at online bookstores like and .

If in-person encounters are more your style, libraries offer reading groups where you can discuss books face-to-face. Ask brick-and-mortar bookstore employees for advice. Librarians often maintain reading lists for their patrons, both in print and online. Once you get started reading novel books, you'll wonder how you ever went without them.

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