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Daily Archives: February 5, 2017

Bonus Post ~ Author Quote


Mark Twain - Author “There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn’t because the book is not there and worth being written—it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself.”

~~~ Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens created the pen name, Mark Twain — here’s an excerpt from a short article about Clemens’ alias:

“In 1863, when Clemens was 27, he wrote a humorous travel story and decided to sign his name ‘Mark Twain’. This name comes from something shouted by crewmen on a boat. To test the depth of the water, a crewman shouts ‘mark twain’! The crewman is calling for two fathoms, or a depth of 12 feet, which is barely enough for a boat to navigate safely…”

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Why Readers Stop Reading a Book.


Surveys always have to be approached with care and awareness of their actual usefulness; but today’s re-blog does have an *Interesting* one :-)

Lit World Interviews

Recently, we here at LitWorldInterviews.com conducted a survey, “Why do you put a book down?” and through the assistance of the writing community we had a very nice response of over 100 participants (I stopped counting.). Now it’s time to share what we found.

First, I want to say why the survey was conducted. We wanted to help writers by giving them the information they most need. If a reader takes the time to check out your book and don’t like it, they are unlikely to give you a second chance with your next work. First impressions mean a lot.

86.30% of those responding were Female, thus leaving the remaining 13.70% Male. Considering the majority of those reading novels are Female, although not quite this extreme, I’m comfortable with sharing what we found.

There were 34 sub-categories as a result of the survey. Those results were then placed into 5…

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