Monthly Archives: September 2012

Non-words for September

Here are September’s Non-Words, with thanks to Mary Williams, Heidi Dalgarno, Robert Arellano, the late Wilkins-O’Reilly Zinn, and William della Santina. There are a couple of bonus words in the definitions too, like spoonerize and illiteral. (Illiterally should mean not … Continue reading

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An Interview with Kristy Athens

Kristy Athens is the author of Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living (Process Media, 2012). She has published nonfiction and short fiction in Culinate, Jackson Hole Review, High Desert Journal, and Barely South Review. She’s been … Continue reading

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Book reviewing, wrap up

As I write this wrap up to the book reviewing series, I’m also beginning a book review, so it’s an opportunity to see if I can practice some of the wisdom of the wonderful guest posts, from Tod Davies, Jeff … Continue reading

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Authors, Editors and Reviewers on the Art of Reviewing, Part 5: E. B. Strunksdotter

E. B. Strunksdotter (a pseudonym) works in the book reviewing profession. Ed Battistella has asked me to tell you “ what makes a good book review.” My humble opinion on the matter follows. • Accessibility/clarity–Jargon is the enemy of clarity. … Continue reading

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Authors, Editors and Reviewers on the Art of Reviewing, Part 4: Michael Erard

From Michael Erard author of Babel No More: The Search for the World’s Most Extraordinary Language Learners, (Free Press, 2012) and Um…: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean (Pantheon, 2007). I think the best review is a … Continue reading

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Authors, Editors and Reviewers on the Art of Reviewing, Part 3: Kelli Stanley

From Kelli Stanley, an award-winning author of City of Dragons and City of Secrets and of The Curse-Maker and Nox Dormienda. Good reviews should encapsulate the plot points without giving away spoilers … if the book has a surprise twist … Continue reading

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Authors, Editors and Reviewers on the Art of Reviewing, Part 2: Alisa Bowman

From Alisa Bowman, author of Project: Happily Ever After, Dangerous Instincts, (with Mary Ellen O’Toole), and 30 other coauthored books including seven NY Times bestsellers. In today’s online world, I think of book reviews differently than I did years ago. … Continue reading

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Authors, Editors and Reviewers on the Art of Reviewing, Part 1

Last term, my History of Publishing class talked about the gatekeeper role of publishers and how they select and develop books, ideas and authors. As you might expect, we noted that as large publishers consolidated, they’ve invested less in authors … Continue reading

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Non-Words for August

Here are the Non-Words for August. I’ve made it through month eight, which included at the beginning a vacation to the Idaho desert and at the end five days with a fever. Thanks to Jennifer Marcellus, Rebecca Ann Bartlett, Lesley … Continue reading

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