How Much???

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Forbes just announced their estimates on the world’s top earning authors. Not surprisingly, there are several conventional names, such as James Patterson and George R.R. Martin, but there are also a few children’s authors (Jeff Kinney, with his WIMPY KID series, and Rick Riordan of the PERCY JACKSON books), and of course, the growing in popularity YA authors, such as Veronica Roth and John Green.

Here is the complete list, along with the estimations of what they earned between June of 2013 – June of 2014.

James Patterson $90 million
Dan Brown $28 million
Nora Roberts $23 million
Danielle Steel $22 million
Janet Evanovich $20 million
Jeff Kinney $17 million
Veronica Roth $17 million
John Grisham $17 million
Stephen King $17 million
Suzanne Collins $16 million
JK Rowling $14 million
George R.R. Martin $12 million
David Baldacci $11 million
Rick Riordan $10 million
El James $10 million
Gillian Flynn $9 million
John Green $9 million

Any surprises there for you?  You can read a full article from Forbes right here to see just how the numbers are calculated, and to find out a little more about each author. Are there any names you think are missing? I guess only time will tell. Get out there and buy those books!

Published in: on September 11, 2014 at 3:14 am  Leave a Comment  
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Will They Like It?

Margaret Atwood is participating in a project she’ll never live to see. None of us reading this today will, actually.  Scottish artist Katie Paterson came up with the idea to create a piece of ongoing art that will be celebrated 100 years from now. She’s calling it the Future Library Project, and each year, one new famous author will contribute a text to the work, beginning this year with Margaret Atwood.

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In Oslo this past summer, 100 trees were planted in preparation for the book which will come out in 2114. Then, the trees will be cut down in order to make paper for the project. Will there even be paper books available in 2114? No one knows, of course, so Paterson and the rest of the people that make up the literary trust decided to make it simple for those who will publish the book next century.

Of course, this means none of Atwood’s fans–or fans of any of the other writers who are asked to contribute–will be able to read the story she’s written for the work. And Atwood is fine with this. She cautions that some of the language might not even be used 100 years from now, and the whole book might need some “translation” for future readers. It’s also exciting to her to think that many of the authors who will contribute might not even be born yet.

You can read the entire article here to find out more about the selection process for the compilation, and see how they’re going to move the project forward, considering most of the people involved in its creation will not be alive when it comes time to publish.

Published in: on September 8, 2014 at 3:11 am  Comments (1)  
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Plot Your Novel!

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We’re excited to offer a free writing workshop this fall at the Carleton Place Public Library called, “Plot Your Novel!”.  Whether this is the first book you’ve ever tried to write, or whether you’re a seasoned pro, this will help you get on track and stay on track so that you can finish that masterpiece!

It’s been so much fun getting to know our local writing community since we began offering programs in early April, and many of you have requested this type of workshop to help lead up to National Novel Writing Month in November. Even if you’re a “pantser”, this workshop will give you some tips to organize your writing and develop your ideas before you even open up that word document.  We’ll cover things like:

  • What is plotting?
  • Pacing your novel
  • Working through writer’s block

And hopefully, this will lead us into another fun workshop in October dealing with the development of characters.  We’re really excited about our writers! Call us today to register! (This is for adults only. Ask us about our teen writing program!)

Illustrations Galore!

It’s Wednesday morning, and that means it’s Storytime at the library. One of my favourite things about picture books are the illustrations.  When they’re done right, they can elevate a wonderful story to become something superb!  And if you haven’t read a picture book since you were a kid, things have changed a lot. There are many wonderful illustrators out there doing sophisticated and creative work to go along with imaginative texts.

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I follow quite a few illustrators on Facebook and Instagram, so when I came across this great post at Sharpread about wonderful illustrators to follow on Instagram, I jumped right on it.  It’s the perfect medium for instant, small illustrations that can stand on their own.  And who wouldn’t want to see one of these adorable pictures in their feed? I’m kind of getting tired of super macro flower shots and selfies.

You can see the full list right here and get a feel for their work. I’m going to go and follow some of these right now. I hope you do, too!

 

Published in: on July 9, 2014 at 3:00 am  Leave a Comment  
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Say Something!

After our very successful adult writing program this spring, we’ve had a TON of people ask about doing something for young authors. So, we’re excited to announce a teen/tween summer writing program we’re calling “SAY SOMETHING!”

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Our writing sessions will take place each Tuesday afternoon from 1-2pm all summer long. Depending on the number of people who sign up and their ages, we might end up dividing the group into sections, but we’ll decide that during the first session and give everyone a timetable.

Each session will focus on an aspect of writing that will improve craft, build confidence, and help our young writers to flesh out an idea. Who knows? Maybe we’ll be working with the next J.K. Rowling!

Registration will start on Monday, so give us a call at the library to get your young author on the list. We’re hoping for a nice group from grades 5 and up, but if the interest is there, we’ll take younger writers from ages 8 – 10 as well and form another group. While we might not be writing an entire book this summer, we’ll get everyone started and provide a safe and encouraging environment for everyone. It’s tough to be creative and to share that with others, but this will be fun. So get ready to SAY SOMETHING at the library this summer!

They Came & They Wrote!

It’s the end of Week #2 in the Camp NaNoWriMo novel writing challenge, and our aspiring authors joined us at the library this past Sunday for a fun write-in. They brought lap-tops, tablets, scraps of paper, pens, coffee and inspiration! And then they wrote!

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We had lots of fun things planned for the afternoon, which was especially great because the library was closed to the public. Everyone picked their favourite spot and got down to business.

 

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Word sprints were the most exciting part of the afternoon…short 30-minute blasts of writing as much as possible. We even handed out prizes to the people who wrote the most in that time period.  It was tough, but everyone gave it their best shot.

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We still have 12 people writing with us this month, and everyone is making great headway! A couple of the writers have been coming into the library on almost a daily basis to either work in a quiet space, or use one of our computers.  It’s been fun to hear their breakthroughs and learn about their accomplishments.  And those that have been writing at home have sent emails every few days to report in.

We’re still sending out daily emails to give encouragement and lots of helpful tips to keep everyone focused and moving forward with their work. I can’t wait to see how the next two weeks will go! Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted!

Published in: on April 14, 2014 at 3:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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