The Noble Pen for July 13, 2017

Next Noble Pen Meeting

July 13th, 2017 at 7 pm

Scott’s Family Restaurant

1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids


An essay tries to explain why Jane Austen remains popular with readers in a much different world.


Dylan wrote 10k words.

Randy’s book made the Coe Alumni magazine.  Next Page Books is taking his book on consignment.  He will have a book signing in Bellevue.

Dakota sold 19 books on pre-order and is going to participate in an 81-author book signing in Peoria.

Education (reprint)

Every author may dream of having a book on the best-seller lists. The most famous of many such lists are the ones from the NY Times. Publishers Weekly has lists. Amazon has theirs and other organizations publish them.

Making such a list one week will greatly help following sales of that and future books. What goes on behind the scenes to come up with the lists and to get on them? As mentioned in that article, there are sometimes shenanigans, as authors pay dearly for that momentary acclaim that could bring long-term benefits.

Critics point out the defects in relying on best seller lists, and even call for eliminating such lists, which seems unlikely.

One author found that making a best-seller list did not bring financial rewards because her publisher went bankrupt before sending her any royalties.

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