The weekly web ramble (2/11)

Our weekly web round-up


L.J. Smith gets booted from The Vampire Diaries

The coming end of Charlaine Harris‘ Sookie Stackhouse series

– How publishing is like The Princess Bride

– Jane Friedman on how McSweeney’s views on the future of publishing are too rosy

– The real cost of e-books

– Authors who have found success with self-publishing


Ursula Le Guin on writing genre

– Edgar nominated Bruce Desilva on his background as a journalist

Meet Keigo Higashino, the author of the upcoming thriller The Devotion of Suspect X

Joe Abercrombie on his favoriteĀ cinematic fight scenes

Emily St. John Mandel on bad reviews

– The BBC hasĀ brief writing tips from 12 authors, including Stephanie Burgis, Cressida Cowell, and Michelle Harrison

Neil Gaiman‘s take on book piracy:


– Check out Jesse Bullington‘s short, The Adventures of Ernst, who began a Man, became a Cyclops, and finished a Hero

50 Page Friday: Dust by Elizabeth Bear, the first book in her Jacob’s Latter trilogy, (Chill, book #2, has been nominated for the Philip K. Dick award)

– An excerpt from Deborah HarknessDiscovery of Witches