Shawn L. Bird

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quote-write for kids March 13, 2019

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“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”

~Madeleine L’Engle

How profound is this?  And what a truth!  Some of the most powerful literature is written for kids. It challenges thinking and shines a light on what the world is like, encouraging them to question the status quo and make changes to improve society.

 

video- likes authors October 26, 2014

Here’s a Moxy Früvous performance for those spouses whose loved ones always have a nose between pages…

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reading-5 ways to help an author August 12, 2014

Filed under: Reading,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:45 am
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Most of a publishing house’s marketing budget goes to its most popular, A-list authors.  You know: the ones least in need of the promotion.  If you have found a mid-list or new author whose work you enjoy, you can become a crucial, and very appreciated, part of his/her success.  What’s more, your enthusiasm may encourage him/her to keep writing!  Here’s how.

1. Leave honestly positive reviews everywhere you can:  Goodreads, Amazon, Kobo, your library, iBooks.  Tell people what you really liked about the book’s characters, themes, setting, style, and the genre on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you can think of.  Reviews are key for a new reader to take a risk on an unknown author.

2. Tell your friends!  If you have a friend who likes the genre, recommend the book.  But, do the author a favour.  If your friends read romance, don’t recommend a horror book, because it will probably lead to a one star review somewhere.  Some people shouldn’t read the book.  The more often someone sees a name, the more likely they are to eventually pick it up, so talk about the book on social media, and link to the author’s profile.

3. Submit a book acquisition request at your local library.  This can often be done on your library’s website.  When the book is in, take it out, and encourage your friends to take it out.  Personally recommend the book to strangers in the library.  If you see it hiding on the shelf, turn it facing out, or set it on a table where it will catch the eye of someone who might otherwise not notice it.

4. Offer to be part of the author’s street team or to be a beta reader for future projects.  You may get early release copy of future books in exchange for your review.  There may be other perks, like a mention in the acknowledgements of the author’s next book.  If you’re doing the 5 things on this list, the author would love to know who you are, so be sure to introduce yourself on social media.

5. Give the book as a gift!  Buy several copies of the book to share with people you think would love it like you do.  If you know the author, get the book signed for your friends or relatives.  Author signed books are cool birthday or Christmas gifts.  If you are far away, some authors (like me!) will mail you signed book plates to put into your copy or are on Authorgraph so you can download a pdf.

It’s all about sharing the book love!  

 

quote- from The Fault in Our Stars February 23, 2014

Filed under: Quotations,Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:01 am
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Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.  And then there are the books…which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.

(John Green, The Fault In Our Stars p. 33)

Obviously for me Outlander is the book series that fills me with evangelical zeal.  I’ve been trying to think what the special and rare book is for me, that I’d not want to share with anyone.  I can’t think of one.  Then again, I’m not a very private person, and as a librarian, I’m kind of into the whole sharing books, though I try to match the book to the right person, of course.  How about you?  Do you have a rare and special book that you hold close to your heart?

PS.  If you haven’t read the amazing book I’m quoting from above, you really should check it out.  I think it was one of the best books I’ve read in the last year (and I read over a hundred books in the last year).

 

quote- George R. R. Martin on sleep December 19, 2013

Filed under: Quotations,Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:24 am
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Here I am again, planning on an early night, and before you know it, it’s midnight.  Tyrion Lannister has it right in Clash of Kings.  He says,

Sleep is good.  

Books are better.

~George R. R. Martin

 

quote- Stephen King on books December 17, 2013

Filed under: Quotations,Reading,Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:27 pm
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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
― Stephen KingOn Writing

 

quote-Cassandra Clare on books October 18, 2013

Filed under: Quotations,Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 6:26 pm
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   Will grinned. “Some of these books are dangerous,” he said.  “It’s wise to be careful.”

   “One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us…  Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Cassandra Clare in Clockwork Angel (p. 86)

I’m always so sad when I hear from kids boasting that they’ve never read a book.  They miss so much opportunity to learn and grow!  Readers live thousands of lives, experience diverse perspectives, and make emotional connections with worlds far apart from their own.

What literature and poetry have influenced you?

 

 
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