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SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Sage
Some pretty decent writing advice for youngsters from old-man Coupland. (Looking almost Hemingwayesque in that beard Doug!)

Strokes
You can say what you want about the difficulties people have using the semicolon correctly; of all the punctuation marks, the hyphen is actually the one people understand the least. To help remedy, one blogger has posted (probably in contravention of copyright) what she calls the Chicago Manual of Style's "Handy Hyphenation Chart". Handy? It's 10 pages long! No wonder people don't get it.

Thumbs
What's happening to book cover design in an e-book world? Is a level of engagement with potential readers being lost? NPR interviews book designer Chip Kidd on why book covers remain important.

Following
Well, you know that by the time a falling-off-the-back-end-of-the-wedge publication like Forbes catches onto the fact the publishing industry is fracked, we can be pretty sure we're almost out of the woods. Still, David Vinjamuri's long-form essay "Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing" is, if nothing else, one of the most thorough surveys of key industry forces over the last decade.

Notably
Advertising legend David Ogilvy's 1982 memo to staff on writing well stands up pretty well thirty years on.

Titillating
In the NYTs, Andy Martin offers up a funny little column on choosing a book's title.

Trifles
A cute time waster from Nathan Bransford: The Publishing Process in GIF Form

 

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Shaun Smith

Shaun Smith is a novelist and journalist living in Toronto. His young adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in January 2009 by the Dundurn Group.

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