Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

SHAUN SMITH'S SUNDAY SUNDRIES

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A WEEKLY ROUNDUP OF INTERNET CURIOSITIES FROM THE BOOK WORLD

Hobbies
So you want to be a writer, eh? Perhaps first consider some recent notes on the desperately broken state of the business model for freelance journalism, one of the few ways writers used to be able to make a living at their trade.

Selfies
Oh right, I forgot, you're going to make your millions self publishing. (Non-Americans may be shocked, however, when they see their stack diminished by the 30% foreign-royalties tax. See item 1-10.)

Fantasies
Let's all just escape into some fantasy. Here's a literary history of Oz.

Glowies
And, if your books don't sell, you can always make them into lamps.

Movies
Or you can go work in the movies, like George Orwell.

Economies
Of course, the real tragedy of the digital era is it might be the end of the ISBN. The Economist points to how the digital trend is undoing all the good work done by the International Standard Book Number.

Histories
It's good to know that some things are permanent. Geneticists have dated Homer's Iliad using "evolutionary-linguistic phylogenetic statistical methods"...er, yeah. Inside Science explains.

 

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SHAUN SMITH is a novelist and award-winning journalist in Toronto, Canada. His young-adult novel Snakes & Ladders was published in 2009 by the Dundurn Group. His book Magical Narcissism: Selected Writings on Books, Writers, Food, and Chefs is available on Kindle and is forthcoming in paperback from Tightrope Books in spring 2013. shaunsmith.ca

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

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.

Go to Shaun Smith ’s Author Page