Category Archives: Books

Free Book Friday: Wolf Hall

I like to support independent booksellers when I travel. For the past few years I’ve been fortunate to spend a good deal of time at my friend’s inn up in Woodstock, VT, and there are two great little book shops … Continue reading

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Free Book Friday: Beautiful Ruins

It’s the first Free Book Friday here at Randa’s Fans! It won’t happen every Friday, but when I have a book in good condition that I no longer need or want to keep for whatever reason, I have decided to … Continue reading

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It’s Fine As Long As It’s Perfect: Chapter Titles

“A common mistake authors make is choosing a title that has a particular meaning to them but that no one else understands. Choosing a title that sounds good but doesn’t clue readers in to what’s great about the book also … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name

“A good title should be like a good metaphor: It should intrigue without being too baffling or too obvious.” — Walker Percy, quoted in The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published by Eckstut and Sterry — Last week I … Continue reading

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The Pitch

Oh Thursday I have a phone consult with The Book Doctors. They were here in April ’12 to host Pitchapalooza, which I reviewed here. They were back in July, and along with a couple of supportive friends I attended again, … Continue reading

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Boulevardier

“Journeys are the midwives of thought.” — Alain de Botton, The Art of Travel — Alain de Botton calls the final section of his book, simply, Return. And it was to that section that I turned, despite having only read … Continue reading

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Please Queue Here for Butterbeer

Since I first discovered them I have loved the Harry Potter books, have been fascinated by J.K. Rowling, and have seen all eight films. What I love most about the phenomenon is that books are at the root of it. … Continue reading

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