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“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”
– William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway

“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”
– Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner

This infographic designed by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post shows that even the world’s most celebrated writers aren’t above dishing out a good insult to their literary rivals. Hover over the arrows between the authors to see a cutting critique directed by one to the other.


Are you looking for your next great read? This infographic/flow chart from USC Rossier might be able to help. It covers some of the best fiction, non-fiction and children’s titles released so far this century and was put together using bestseller lists from Amazon and Goodreads.

The graphic’s origins have perhaps resulted in some biases (we would have loved to see more Australian titles included for example). What books do you think are missing? Share some of your favourites from the past fourteen years using the comments field below.

Best Books of the 21st Century Infographic

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When you publish a piece of writing in a magazine or literary journal, the editor will commonly ask for the ‘first rights’ or similar to reproduce your work. This infographic from Brian Scott at explains some of different rights agreements that writers, particularly freelance writers, may encounter.

Publication Rights for Freelance WritersClick image to enlarge and zoom

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Back in May 2013 we shared Understand the Key Book Publishing Paths, an infographic from Jane Friedman,  former publisher of Writer’s Digest and the current web editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Jane has just released an updated version of the infographic that we have posted below.

The Key Book Publishing Paths Version 2

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Below are the website links to the popular tools and services for producing e-book files, and to the valuable tools and assistance, as mentioned in the bottom section of the infographic:

Popular Tools & Services for Producing e-Book Files

Valuable Resources & Assistance

This infographic comes courtesy of and highlights the most popular books sold and translated throughout history. It includes number of editions, number of translations and units sold.

The Most Popular Books of All Time

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This amazing graphic takes some of the thousands of tropes (conventions and devices found within creative works) from the TV Tropes wiki and sets them out in a very creative way.

As one commenter said ‘Although very tongue-in-cheek and humor-oriented, this piece does indeed breakdown the many elements in storytelling, both modern and ancient, and most likely future too.’

The Periodic Table of Storytelling

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Earlier this week 28-year-old New Zealand author Eleanor Catton was announced as the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her second novel, The Luminaries. This is the last year that entry in the prize will be limited to British, Irish and Commonwealth writers. From 2014 the rules will be amended with any novel that is written in English and released in Britain being eligible for the award.

For anyone with an eye on the prize for 2014 and beyond, these charts were compiled by Adam Frost and James Kynvin for the Guardian. They looked at more than 40 years’ worth of data to find the formula for Man Booker prize success.

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