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Nathan Bransford
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Why writing is like the pyramids
One of my high school English teachers (shout to Mr. Winthrop!) once said that the books we were going to read that year were on par with humankind's greatest achievements in any sphere, including the pyramids. I was reminded of this comparison when I recen...
One of my high school English teachers (shout to Mr. Winthrop!) once said that the books we were going to read that year were on par with...
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8th Annual Heifer International Fundraiser!
It's that time of year! This is the eighth year in a row for our Heifer fundraiser! In a time of so much strife in the world, an organization that tries to alleviate hunger is as important as ever. Here's how this works. All you have to do is help spread th...
It's that time of year! This is the eighth year in a row for our Heifer fundraiser! In a time of so much strife in the world, an organ...
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Will you ever buy mostly e-books? The results! (2016)
For the 10th consecutive year , I asked people if they could see themselves going mostly paper free. We seem to have settled into a bit of an equilibrium. Ever since 2011, the number of e-book aficionados has hovered between 44% and 49%, but last year there...
For the 10th consecutive year , I asked people if they could see themselves going mostly paper free. We seem to have settled into a bit of...
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Trump supporters, can we make a deal?
Yes, this is a political post. Context here . No hard feelings if you decide to skip to the next post. Hello and congratulations on the election. If you are indeed a Trump supporter, I would like make a plea to you: please read this post in full even if you...
Yes, this is a political post. Context here . No hard feelings if you decide to skip to the next post. Hello and congratulations on the...
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The last week in books 11/21/16, plus a few words about politics
Photo by me. Follow me on Instagram! @NathanBransford First up, thank you to everyone who weighed in on the two posts last week ( here and here ) about how authors should navigate politics on social media. The discussion was almost entirely wonderful and po...
Photo by me. Follow me on Instagram! @NathanBransford First up, thank you to everyone who weighed in on the two posts last week ( her...
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Has the writing community become close-minded to alternate viewpoints?
In discussing how authors navigate politics in social media , an anonymous author chimed in about closed-minded he/she believes the online writing world to be to anything other than liberal perspectives. Is the writing world closed off to opposing views? Ha...
In discussing how authors navigate politics in social media , an anonymous author chimed in about closed-minded he/she believes the onlin...
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The past few weeks in books 1/9/17
Hi! I've been traveling. Also I'm on Instagram here:  @nathanbransford Happy 2017! Good riddance 2016! So. Where were we? Thank you for bearing with some quietness on the blog front as I traveled around the holidays and restocked my zombie-proof survival bu...
Hi! I've been traveling. Also I'm on Instagram here: @nathanbransford Happy 2017! Good riddance 2016! So. Where were we? Thank you ...
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What is your favorite bookstore?
Photo by me in Aardvark Books, San Francisco Amid the very sad news that beloved Cobble Hill bookstore BookCourt is closing , where I had my launch party   Jacob Wonderbar and the Interstellar Time Warp , the New York Times recently asked seven authors abou...
Photo by me in Aardvark Books, San Francisco Amid the very sad news that beloved Cobble Hill bookstore BookCourt is closing , where I ha...
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This week in books (and politics) 12/2/16
Photo by me. Follow me on Instagram! @ nathanbransford This week! The books! (And some politics this time). First up, if you haven't already voted in the 10th annual e-book poll , pray get thee to the post to vote! I'll reveal the results early next week an...
Photo by me. Follow me on Instagram! @ nathanbransford This week! The books! (And some politics this time). First up, if you haven't a...
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Will you ever buy mostly ebooks? (10th annual poll)
Well by golly we made it to ten years of this poll. I have been asking this question every year since 2007 , when the Kindle was brand new and the iPad did not yet exist. So. Do you think you'll ever buy mostly ebooks? Do you already? Caveats, because even ...
Well by golly we made it to ten years of this poll. I have been asking this question every year since 2007 , when the Kindle was brand new...
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I already buy mostly ebooks, and have done for years. I like physical books - but they're heavy and inconvenient.

You don't have an option for that.
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The end of truth
If you've been too distracted by the presidential election to follow the latest cutting-edge theories in physics, you may be surprised to learn that the latest in physics sounds... well... actually quite a lot like the presidential election. (And no, I'm no...
If you've been too distracted by the presidential election to follow the latest cutting-edge theories in physics, you may be surprised to...
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How should authors navigate politics on social media?
When I started blogging and doing The Social Media around 2007 (grandpa alert!), the conventional wisdom was that authors should steer clear of politics. You don't want to alienate half of your audience! Those are potential readers out there! Let's all get ...
When I started blogging and doing The Social Media around 2007 (grandpa alert!), the conventional wisdom was that authors should steer cl...
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Author of 'How to Write a Novel' and the 'Jacob Wonderbar' series
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  • Colusa High School
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  • Freelancers Union
    Senior Director of Product Development, 2013 - 2015
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    Social Media Manager, 2010 - 2013
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    Literary Agent, 2002 - 2010
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When the Internet attacks | Nathan Bransford, Author
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Can we talk about "Serial?" | Nathan Bransford, Author
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Amazon vs. Hachette: It's over | Nathan Bransford, Author
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Everything you need for NaNoWriMo | Nathan Bransford, Author
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Page Critique: Let actions speak for themselves | Nathan Bransford, Author
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How do you name your characters? | Nathan Bransford, Author
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