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Kelly McClymer
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This is so cool. I have wanted one of these since I was little. My husband and I need new closet doors in our bedroom....hmmmm.
 
Now how cool would this be?!  How to build your very own secret reveal bookcase! Created by +Instructables user 'makendo'.
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We ran out of bookshelf space eons ago, so it would solve two problems for us.
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Nice. Have to remember this next time I visit.
 
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OMG. This is a priceless article. Commercial fiction written by women, dissed by the male pedagogy. Who reads to make friends? Who needs to LIKE the characters they read? The reporter can't help but expose her own literary prejudice in her narrative (and details about Weiner's purse and closet full of outfits chosen by her personal shopper...aside: I want one of those, except she'd make me throw out my sweats...).

Weiner doesn't need any more cheerleaders, she's doing quite well on her own (though sad that her husband couldn't handle her success), but I see a lot of this suppressive type of prejudice in the indie publishing movement too. Books written "too fast" or "to please readers" or "to fit in a bestselling genre" etc. All can be true, but often are used to minimize bestselling books and authors (E.L. James and Stephanie Meyer come to mind -- and I've read neither series, but have seen the first Twilight movie and the last one, both on long flights across the country).

Full disclosure, I'm an English major who was working on my Master's in Creative Writing when my first romance novels were published. I can do literary (my short stories are more literary...ish), and even poetry when pushed hard (very hard, thank you Connie Hunting, it was a rewarding experience to grind out those six lines, eventually). But I prefer Shelley and Dickens and Shakespeare and Faulkner, and Bronte(s) and Austen. People who knew how to tell a good story about flawed people I liked and rooted for, and identified with. Humbert Humbert. Not so much.

Although...Gillian Flynn and GONE GIRL. Can't say "like", but totally related.

Anyway. Is there any hope of respect for commercial fiction in the foreseeable future? Or should we wear our stigmata proudly? Or (shudder) should we all write a literary novel and eschew money, readers, and (probably) fame?
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I ran across this blog post on The Passive Voice. It is a good illustration of why so many previously traditionally published authors (like me and many authors I know) would rather take our chances on going indie. Freedom -- creative most of all, but also freedom of choice and freedom of speech.

I still understand why an author would not want to go indie; it is a lot of work to run a business and that can undercut the creative process. It does for me -- but I'd rather work to find a business solution that suits me and offers me freedom to change my mind.

And I always think that someone should have as much info as possible when making decisions -- which the chill on $$ discussion prevents.

Of course, I remember having this discussion back when I was a Customer Service Rep for Chase bank. Other employees thought it was perfectly fine that an employer discouraged salary comparison. Even back then I recognized that was only ever good for the company, not the employees :-)
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That seems to the latest fashion these days, releasing a short story or novella as an eBook while your audience waits for the book. Good luck :)
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Interesting!
 
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Breaking news! Snow is cold!! ...sorry for the snark, but don't any of these people read ebooks? Of course readers have a favorite. It's the one with reliability, lots of choice, and an easy to use interface. Plus good customer service. Duh. For the record, I use iBooks for my business reading, Kindle for my phone, and check out Kobo often just to be ornery. Plus, I have some really old (hundreds of years) scanned material bookmarked in Google.

The thing about most walled gardens, though, is that if they get overgrown, parched, or infested, people use the gate to leave. So far, Amazon is the one who gets that best, although I think Kobo is starting to get it. B&N I have my fingers crossed for.

What about other people? Do you use all the ebookstores, or do you stay in your own chosen garden? Why?
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It makes sense. People with Nooks buy ebooks from Nook store. People with Kindles buy off the Kindle store. I imagine that is why Amazon offers a three month contract of exclusivity for KDP members, to try and attract other customers over to Kindle. 
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So true. In 2014 I am taming this beast....doesn't everything look hopeful in January? Talk to me again in December and we'll see how it went.
 
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My new short story (published as part of anthology in the spring) is up for sale on its lonesome today. Yay.
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Writer. Mom. Reading App Developer.
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Kelly is a writer, a mom, a reading tutor, a reader, and who knows what else she'll become.
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12 published novels, 3 published kids, iPad lover
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  • University of Delaware
    English
  • University of Maine
    Creative Writing