Donald Ermen - March 6th, 2014
I did a neat Q&A with author Mike Stewart who has written a young adult novel called Assured Destruction. I’m still in the editing process, but I thought I’d give you a little tease with one of the questions and answers. What’s neat is how Stewart has written a traditional novel and combined with lots of social media interaction. When the full interview posts, I’ll let you know.
Q. What are the risks, if any, of taking a written novel and combining it with real time social media tools?
A. Maintenance! Blog posts, Twitter stories, Twitter API changes … I can go on. You can’t automate everything if you’re going to have true authenticity. So let’s just say I spend a lot of time online. But I wrote the novels to stand alone without the online aspects, eventually I’ll be able to get some sleep.
Donald Ermen - March 5th, 2014
Ottawa – The deadline for the Ottawa Public Library’s 50+ Short Story Contest is March 11.
Adults 50 years or older, who have a Library card, are eligible to enter. They are invited to submit a maximum of two short stories either in English or French. Stories must be original, unpublished works under 2000 words.
Participants can win a cash prize which will be presented at An Afternoon of Storytelling on Wednesday, May 14 during which these authors will each read from their winning stories.
This contest was formerly called the City of Ottawa 55+ Short Story Contest. For contest details, visit www.BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca or contact InfoService at 613-580-2940 or InfoService@BiblioOttawaLibrary.ca
Donald Ermen - March 5th, 2014
Ottawa Independent Writers March Meeting and Speaker Event: Comic Books & Graphic Novels as Literary Art
On March 27, a panel of experienced comic book and graphic novel artists and publishers will share their experiences and advice about writing, illustrating and publishing comic books and graphic novels. 7 p.m. Good Companions Seniors’ Centre, 670 Albert St., Ottawa. $10 for guests. Info: (613) 425-3873 or www.oiw.ca
Donald Ermen - March 4th, 2014
I was in Chapters the other day. I was checking out the so-called new arrivals. It’s amazing how long a novel can be out and still be considered a new arrival. I think some of these books should be called: Still the latest thing this author has written.
I’ve also noticed that they’ve started to sell scarves. It’s more proof that the book business is a tough business to be in. For years Chapters has made no secret that it needs to diversity its offerings in order to stay in the business of selling books.
Interestingly enough, I’ve often dreamed about owning a book store. And then I think, sheesh, you’d think I’d have learned my lesson with journalism. As much as I love the industry, it’s a tough business to be in — one of the things hurting us is the digital revolution and the fact that most people don’t want to pay for journalism on the Internet. So it seems crazy to dream of working in another industry that is also hurting thanks to e-books, free stuff to read on the Internet and so on.
Donald Ermen - March 3rd, 2014
The Guardian has a new posting about what books one reader won’t have on the bookshelf.
I’ve never thought of what books I wouldn’t want on my shelf. If there was a book I didn’t want on my shelf, I guess it would have to be a book I bought and then hated very much. I’ve never bought a book that I’ve truly despised. And even then, it might still get a place on my shelf. For example, let’s say it was a book highly regarded by critics. The fact that I didn’t like it doesn’t mean it doesn’t deserve a spot on the shelf.
I guess for me the issue is are there e-edition books I have now that I could care less about having on my shelf. As much as I love Lee Child (Jack Reacher series) and Elizabeth George (Thomas Lynley series), I have no interest in buying print versions of the books in order to put them on my shelves — even if I had the space.
But even with my lack of current space, if Will Self came out with a new novel, I’d be buying the print version for my book shelves.
The other issue is to keep a series of novels as a complete collection. I have 15 of the George novels. I wouldn’t want seven of them to be on the sheld and eight of them to be on the e-reader. And since all my Self novels are print versions, that’s the way I want to keep it.