If you want to lead, you must learn. If you want to continue to lead, you must continue to learn. Invest in yourself first.
~JOHN C. MAXWELL, author of The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs
Here’s what I’ve found personally helpful, and the simple habits that some of the most famous authors exercise.
On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts (Masters in Fine Living Series)
You might be asking (like many of my faithful readers): Exactly what is the difference between a historical and a historical romance? Both are fiction. But what sets them apart?
Romance and erotica novels make up a significant percentage of all adult fiction in the book industry. Generating approximately $2 billion in sales per year, the market is indeed competitive, but it is vastly large and the profits can be anyone’s. All authors need to do is produce a good product and know how to sell it.
Slow beginnings with backstory and detailed descriptions were a problem. Pretentious, stylised, literary writing was another. But mostly, they abandoned books because they felt no emotional connection to the protagonist. Some even said they were not sure who the protagonist was.
They say history repeats itself. That’s certainly true for films based in the historical drama genre. Why would there be so many stories about the same historical events? Maybe because there are so many ways of telling a story that there’s always a fresh take or insight to be explored.
Top Five is a new ScreenCrush original series that ranks all kinds of cool stuff from the world of movies.
These days, anyone can be published. This is good and bad and we can talk about that another time. But with more titles than ever before and bookstores becoming an endangered species? Our brand is our lifeline. Whether we decide to self-publish or traditionally publish is a business decision only we can make, but we still must have a viable author brand if we hope to sell books.
Rightly or not, we all judge a book by its cover. But for some books it isn’t that simple, since the same book can have more than one cover.
Another reason to question the standard “follow your passion” advice: The cliché suggests that the correct order of things is to first identify something you feel strongly about and then get down to work. But somenew research suggests we may be getting this backward and that excitement about a project may in fact follow the work.
A new translation effort aims to make all of Shakespeare’s plays comprehensible to today’s audiences.
Modern life now forces us to do a multitude of things at once — but can we? Should we?
The Myth of Multitasking: How “Doing It All” Gets Nothing Done
These leaders only learned essential lessons after years of experience, and they share them here so you can save some time.
The Leadership Handbook: 26 Critical Lessons Every Leader Needs
Anne Hathaway is out this weekend with “The Intern,” a movie that also stars Robert De Niro in a delightful role-reversal: Hathaway plays a stressed-out boss, and De Niro an intern. That’s the extent of the joke. And judging by the trailer, the movie doesn’t get any more sophisticated than that.