The Noble Pen for Sept 6th, 2012

Next Noble Pen Meeting

September 6th, 2012 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


A lot of reviews of ebooks seem to be coming from paid reviewers, a trend that does not bode well for usefulness of the reviews for readers.  With 300,000 self-published books (print and ebook) per year, authors are turning to paid reviews to get noticed.  The article quotes a claim that one third of all consumer reviews of products on the internet are fake.

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Is assembling a documentary film “writing” that deserves a credit?  Here’s a discussion of a trend in its favor.

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Got an alternative plot for Goldilocks or Red Riding Hood?  Are fairy tales fair game for imaginative rewrites?


Dylan got another 15 kword commission.

Shannon found that Barnes & Noble is already listing pre-publication orders for Fangs for Nothing, even though it isn’t quite ready to go.


The 2012 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest gives awards for the best examples of bad writing.    They seem more amusing than just plain bad.

The test of any good fiction is that you should care something for the characters; the good to succeed, the bad to fail. The trouble with most fiction is that you want them all to land in hell, together, as quickly as possible. ~Mark Twain

People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.~Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you write one story, it may be bad; if you write a hundred, you have the odds in your favor. ~Edgar Rice Burroughs
He was such a bad writer, they revoked his poetic license. ~Milton Berle

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