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Do you know about the Frankfurt Book FairFrankfurt Book Fair

It was held from 19 to 23 October this year (2016) and will be from 11 to 15 October next year.

It’s a pretty big deal…

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As they say:

“Our show daily magazines include coverage of the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair discussions on copyright, freedom to publish, cross-media, rights and more.”

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#CreativeCourage & #BigMagic for Readers, Writers, & Publishers

I used just a bit of Creative Courage in the title of this post—jamming the words together and sticking a pound-sign in front of them—going for the Twitter-Look… Big Magic

Naturally, writing a novel or raising a child or working to prevent radical climate change take TrueCreativeCourage and a heaping soul-full of BigMagic

Have you heard of the book Eat, Pray, Love? It was written by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I’ve written two important posts about Elizabeth (both having very cool videos):

* Must Writers Suffer Melancholy, Anguish, and Depression?

* Are Failure and Success Actually “The Same Thing”?

It turns out that Maria Popova has written an article about a new book by Ms. Gilbert—Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert on Creative Courage and the Art of Living in a State of Uninterrupted Marvel.

Here come the excerpts:

“…the pursuit of possibility is very much at the heart of Gilbert’s mission to empower us to enter into creative endeavor the way one enters into a monastic order: ‘as a devotional practice, as an act of love, and as a lifelong commitment to the search for grace and transcendence.’”

“Surely something wonderful is sheltered inside you. I say this with all confidence, because I happen to believe we are all walking repositories of buried treasure. I believe this is one of the oldest and most generous tricks the universe plays on us human beings, both for its own amusement and for ours: The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”

“The hunt to uncover those jewels — that’s creative living.

“The courage to go on that hunt in the first place — that’s what separates a mundane existence from a more enchanted one.

“The often surprising results of that hunt — that’s what I call Big Magic.”

Later in the article:

“The only reason I can speak so authoritatively about fear is that I know it so intimately. I know every inch of fear, from head to toe. I’ve been a frightened person my entire life. I was born terrified. I’m not exaggerating; you can ask anyone in my family, and they’ll confirm that, yes, I was an exceptionally freaked-out child. My earliest memories are of fear, as are pretty much all the memories that come after my earliest memories….

“I also realized that my fear was boring because it was identical to everyone else’s fear. I figured out that everyone’s song of fear has exactly that same tedious lyric: “STOP, STOP, STOP, STOP!” True, the volume may vary from person to person, but the song itself never changes, because all of us humans were equipped with the same basic fear package when we were being knitted in our mothers’ wombs.”

“Creativity is a path for the brave, yes, but it is not a path for the fearless, and it’s important to recognize the distinction.

“If your goal in life is to become fearless, then I believe you’re already on the wrong path, because the only truly fearless people I’ve ever met were straight-up sociopaths and a few exceptionally reckless three-year-olds — and those aren’t good role models for anyone.”

If you want to be a more creative person or you’re already embroiled in a creative life, I suggest you go read the full article

Ms. Gilbert also has a nice discussion guide for Big Magic.

And, here’s a video with Elizabeth…

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Author Earnings and What’s Really Going on in the Book World

This blog says its purpose is doing “Explorations In Reading, Writing, and Publishing”.

Today’s post will be really heavy into the Publishing side.


If you don’t care about such stuff, just scroll down in the left side-bar and find the Top Tags area—then, click on “Reading” or “Writing” or any of the other tagged collections of posts

Here are just a few more particularly interesting collections:

Author Interviews

Behind The Scenes

Friday Fantasy

So, back to the topic in the title of this post and looking into the Book World’s goings-on by giving credit to Hugh Howey and his initiative, Author Earnings.

I got an email from Author Earnings this morning and they gave me a nice list of links to quite a few of their past reports on the Book World.

I’ll share those with you

Top 7,000 E-books in Three Bestselling Genres

Barnes & Noble Report

85,000 of the Bestselling Books Across All Genres

How Newer Authors were Faring Compared to Their Longer-tenured Peers

The Effect of DRM and Genre Across 120,000 Titles

The Size of the ISBN-less “Shadow Industry” that Remains Completely Uncounted in Official Publishing Industry Statistics

The Effect the Return to Agency Pricing has had upon the Market Share and Sales of the Big Five

And, their latest report:

How the American Association of Publishers’ 1200 participating publishers’ market share has trended, and whether their declining 2015 ebook sales are representative of the direction of the broader US ebook market

If any of you actually go to all those links and check them out, Please let me know in the Comments ’cause you are a Rare Person :-)
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Top 20 Posts and Pages for Readers, Writers, and Publishers

I should modify the title of this post with the words, “during the lifetime of this blog”. Top 20 Posts and Pages

I can’t even imagine the top 20 posts and pages for the whole blogosphere

This blog I can track.

Though, the meaningfulness of my Top 20 is not easy to know

Who are the people who’ve visited this blog—are they all somewhat alike—do they all have more than one thing in common—could they be called a distinguishable group?

I may never know, though they have tended to pick certain posts and pages over others

For instance, in the list below, Alexander M Zoltai ~ The Author of This Blog, is  my “About Page” and I do know that’s one of the most visited spots on most any blog—folks want to know who’s behind the words.

So, while the other Top Posts and Pages can’t be easily attributed to some common human concern, I hope they, at least, are worth your while as spaces to explore

(The numbers are the times visited since January, 2011…)

Alexander M Zoltai ~ The Author of This Blog 5,111
Writing Challenge ~ Use The 1200 Most Common Words To Write A Story… 2,074
* The Book ~ Notes from An Alien 1,513
Free Software for Writers . . . 958
Why Do Certain People Become Writers? 855
What’s The “Best” Way To Learn “Proper” Grammar? 712
Are Fiction Writers Capable of Freelancing? 631
The Danger of A Single Story 572
Diagramming Sentences ~ A Lost Art? 549
* Behind The Scenes . . . 535
What Are Words ? {Look up, a bit, on the left sidebar for this Free Essay} 461
What’s The Relationship Between A Writer & Their Characters? 450
Writing ~ Is It A Craft or An Art? 438
Do Creative Writers Have Social “Responsibilities”? 380
Are You A Fast Study or Slow Learner? ~ It Can Definitely Depend On The Subject And On Your MOOD! 360
* Our Author Interviews 356
Must Writers Suffer Melancholy, Anguish, and Depression? 352
Are Writers Doomed To Be Isolated And Lonely? 346
Free Book of Poetry 324
What About All The Authors Whose Books Don’t Sell Very Many Copies? 298

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All About Creativity

As many of you know, a recent poll showed that folks most wanted to see blog posts about Reading, Book Promotion, Creativity, & Self-Publishing.


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So, to begin giving readers what they want, I scoured my sources and I’ll share eight links to articles about Creativity.

Tomorrow, I’ll be returning to my usual posting style—coverage of one or two articles (with commentary)—plus, I’m sure I’ll do posts that readers haven’t asked for :-)

Btw, I’m stressing Creativity today because it’s something Readers, Writers, and Publishers can certainly, always, use.

From SF Gate You Can Boost Your Creativity By Looking At Art

From PsycheCentral : Keys to Creativity: Embracing the Unknown

Another from PsycheCentral : Keys to Creativity: Curiosity

From The Conversation Fighting The Slump: A Strategic Approach to Developing Creativity

From Epoch Times : ‘But I’m Not Artistic’: How Teachers Shape Kids’ Creative Development

From LinkedIn Pulse : Stop Apologizing for Being Creative

From Innovation Excellence 15 Quotes to Spark Creativity

I just have to share one of those quotes : “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” ~~ Andre Gide

From Nautilus How “Meaning Withdrawal”, aka Boredom, Can Boost Creativity

I hope you find one or more of those articles helpful; and, I hope you’ll share about it in the Comments.

And, perhaps, share a link or two to other Creativity articles :-)

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