Booklife - Digital Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st Century Writer

A&C Black
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"Helps writers traverse the often difficult journey from first draft to finished product." Publishers Weekly

"One of the things that sets VanderMeer apart is his embrace of technology and media" Wired.com


The world has changed, and with it the writing life. In
addition to crafting a novel or non-fiction work, writers must now
consider a slew of "new media" promotion opportunities: blogs, social
networks, mini-feeds, and podcasts, to name just a few. Booklife
will provide you with the strategic and tactical intel to develop your
writing career and thrive in this new environment. It explores
questions such as How can authors use social media and the
internet? How does the new online paradigm affect authors, readers, and
the book industry?
Tips of the trade culled from 25 years of experience as a writer, reviewer, editor, publisher, agent, and blogger are shared. Booklife also includes the feature 'How to Write a Novel in Two Months'.

Whether you're a beginning, intermediate, or advanced writer,
self-published, published in the independent press, or by large
commercial conglomerates, this book will be of value to you and help
you achieve your writing goals.
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Named one of the most anticipated books of 2017 by The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Book Riot, Chicago Reader, The Week, and Publishers Weekly.

“Am I a person?” Borne asked me.
“Yes, you are a person,” I told him. “But like a person, you can be a weapon, too.”

In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company—a biotech firm now derelict—and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts—and definitely against Wick’s wishes—Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.

“He was born, but I had borne him.”

But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.

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Publisher
A&C Black
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Published on
Jul 29, 2010
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Pages
336
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ISBN
9781408198407
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Language
English
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Genres
Reference / Writing Skills
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This content is DRM protected.
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