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"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book. If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."
Alice Walker

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  • I'm delighted to announce that my short story, KODAMA, has been accepted for publication in TOMO, a YA anthology coming out from Stone Bridge Press.  Proceeds from the sales of the Tomo anthology will go to organizations that assist teens in the quake and tsunami hit areas. Tomo, which means friend in Japanese, will link writers of young adult fiction with readers worldwide and the teens in Tohoku in need of their support. Editor: Holly Thompson. I'm especially excited because I've been experimenting with a new illustrated story-telling style for teen readers, and Kodama will be the first...
  • According to new research in the UK, market share is increasingly being concentrated in the hands of fewer companies. Like Hachette, which took almost 17% of all sales. But the good news is, an alliance of indies (incl. Faber, Granta, Cannongate, etc.) got themselves into the top 5, beating out Pan Macmillan, et al for a 2.7% share of the market. Rock on! While seven of the top 10 single publishers saw sales decline, the alliance—comprising Faber, Canongate, Quercus, Atlantic, Granta, Icon, Walker, Profile and their respective imprints—has continued to grow. At the end of 2008, the alliance...
  • When learning how to write a crime novel plot consider it to be something separate from the story that you are writing. It is the plot that creates your final story and one useful tip is to start at the end and work towards the beginning. Having an idea of where you are going will let you know how to get there.
  • We here at Wong Fu Productions recognize that when it comes to video blogging, we need a little help. So we got some advice from a few of the greatest: kevjumba, happyslip, and David Choi! Shot in one afternoon, for fun, the first time Wong Fu ever met Kevin and Christine. Produced and edited by: Wong Fu Productions www.wongfuproductions.com http facebook.com Featuring: Kevin Wu youtube.com Christine Gambito youtube.com David Choi youtube.com TWITTER US! twitter.com twitter.com twitter.com twitter.com twitter.com All tshirts from: www.areyouaniceguy.com Closing techno song by David Choi (you...
  • Answering reporter's questions can help you get valuable publicity for your book or website.

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In China historians have found out a lot about the early Chinese dynasties from the written documents left behind. From the Shang Dynasty most of this writing has survived on bones or bronze implements. Markings on turtle shells (used as oracle bones) have been carbon-dated to around 1500 BC. Historians have found that the type of media used had an effect on what the writing was documenting and how it was used.