Reading all 4,197 pages of the first five books in George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire series would take the average reader 424 days. With this test from blinkboxbooks.com, readers can now calculate how long it would long take them to complete this reading challenge, and how much time they would need to set aside to finish other bestsellers including the entire Harry Potter series, Donna Tartt’s Putlizer-Prize winning The Goldfinch and Haruki Murakami’s 1Q84.
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“Criticism – however valid or intellectually engaging – tends to get in the way of a writer who has anything personal to say. A tightrope walker may require practice, but if he starts a theory of equilibrium he will lose grace (and probably fall off).”
– J.R.R. Tolkien
This infographic created by EssayMama.com draws heavily from a 2012 blog post by Roger Colby that we’d highly recommend to anyone wanting further inspiration. Colby himself refers to The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien which was published in 1981 and edited by Humphrey Carpenter assisted by Christopher Tolkien.
Tolkien was close friends with C.S. Lewis, with both men working in the English Department at Oxford University. A movie about their friendship is due for release in 2015. Read the advice Lewis shared with aspiring young American writer here.
“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.
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.
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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 Maptia, a new storytelling platform ‘on a mission to build the most inspirational map in the world.’