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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 38 - Writer's Weekly World Review - And Last Contest day!

Today (well, Saturday really) is the last day of the contest! Who will win? Last chance for comments!

I am short on time, so I won't do much stumping on the news items, but here are the major pieces I found this week.

1) What is the biggest selling genre in eBooks? Think chiseled chests, heaving bosoms, and lots of euphemisms.

2) What happens when you take a classic childhood storybook style and art, then lace it with profanity and make it relatable to nearly every single parent? You get this: Now, I am not a fan of profanity, especially excessive. But the concept is brilliant. I first saw this with a Dr. Seuss book for the retired, and it used all the same whimsy to talk about doctors, illness, and age related problems and concerns. I loved it. I won't be buying the book in the video due to it's excessive swearing, but there is a lesson to be learned: barely released, it's sold over 150,000 copies. Hit the right chord, and you'll stand out in a crowded market.

3) A sequel is in the works for my beloved childhood book The Wind in the Willows. Books of that slower, sophisticated world are what I cherish the most from my childhood. The classic Winnie the Pooh stories are in the same class. That deep seated philosophical tone in each story made a big difference in how I saw the world around me, and still do. The sequel is more for modern audiences, but I am bound to pick it up anyway:

Only three stories today... I am tired! Taking my youngest sister to a teen writing conference tomorrow morning.


Children's books are my first reading love, but YA is a close second.

Good for you for supporting your sister.

I love the Winnie the Pooh books. They have such an interesting voice.

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