Since this blog’s launch on Feb. 15, 2014, I’ve published 70 articles on writing, reading, publishing, books, and movies. Hands down, the most widely read post is an article discussing the reasons why writers use a pen name. Excluding my bio and posts about time-sensitive writing contests, here are the top five blog posts I’ve published this year. Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you come back often. Leave me a comment; it’s always a pleasure to hear from you. Happy reading!
Top 5 Blog Posts for 2014
(1) 4 Reasons for Using a Pen Name: Why I’m Using a Pseudonym
When my novella, “In His Corner,” is published by Lyrical Press, the book won’t carry my name but my pseudonym—Vina Arno. It’s going to be my first book-length work of fiction, so some people are asking: Why use a pen name? I’ll explain below. I also looked up other writers who used pseudonyms—from Agatha Christie to Stephen King—and came up with four good reasons for using a pen name. Click here to read more.
(2) Are You a Literary Snob? 6 Signs to Watch For
Is reading literature a form of snobbery? Literature has always been associated with the upper class because traditionally only rich people have access to it. They are also more likely to have the education necessary to appreciate literature. But in this day and age of global communication, when you don’t have to be able to read or understand a single word of French to appreciate Proust, is it still snobbish to read “Remembrance of Things Past?” Click here to read more.
(3) New York Pitch Conference: The Art of Selling Your First Book
Do you have a manuscript you want to pitch? Perhaps you want to test the waters for a book idea? If you're nodding as you read this, you should check out the New York Pitch Conference. I belong to the first camp, and I’m glad I attended. Click here to read more.
(4) Where History and Fiction Meet: Top 12 Historical Novels
Historical fiction, the vast territory where history meets fiction, can be a story about prehistoric times or the Elizabethan era or the American Civil War. It can be a sweeping epic or a thriller or a bodice ripper. What is historical fiction? What makes for a good historical novel? Click here to read more.
(5) Top 10 Most Challenged Books: Best-Sellers Are Also the Most Offensive
Some of today’s biggest best-sellers are also the most offensive, according to this year’s list of “Top 10 Most Challenged Books” from the American Library Association (ALA). Click here to read more.
Wishing you all the best in 2015!