Seattle, the next New York?

Perhaps in publishing…

Well, perhaps in digital publishing anyhow.

Emily Parkhurst, a staff writer for the Puget Sound Business Journal, believes Seattle is moving in on the Big Apple to become a digital-publishing powerhouse

“Over the past five years, the traditional publishing industry has seen its century-old roots begin to pull up from New York City. Newspaper and book publishers that have for decades controlled what we read and how we read it have watched as tech companies have carried away huge branches of the industry.

“Devices like the Kindle e-reader, introduced by Seattle-based Amazon, have changed the way people buy and read books. Smartphones, tablets and social media have changed the way we consume news. And digital-only news organizations have sprung up to fill the seemingly limitless consumer appetite for digital stories, even as newspapers across the country have cut staff, closed or given up on print publication.”

Seattle, the next New York

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31 Day Blog Challenge, #3

My favorite quote:

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”  – Oscar Wilde

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The Real Reason Why Grown-Ups Love Young-Adult Fantasy Books

Marie Rutkoski has a theory: “Some people say that adults like YA because young people feel things very strongly, and the representation of this makes for a potent read (the implication seems to be that adults are emotional invalids). Others say that YA is ‘easy’ … Perhaps the best explanation given to me, though, is that readers are drawn to stories about first experiences, and YA literature is rich with it.

Still, I don’t think this last notion is the whole story. My money is on the bet that readers—of any kind of book—want to behold a transformation. First experiences draw us in because they are the crucible for change. And while of course we expect adult characters to cope with change … it is not patently the essence of the adult experience in the same way it is of youth.”

Whatever the reasons, I’m glad there is a potential wider audience for my YA fantasies, seeing I have two wending their way to publication right now.

Why adults read young adult books

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Signs You’re A Third Culture Kid: When you share this on Facebook, it will be liked by friends from 12 different countries

This, ladies and gentlemen, would largely be ME — #2, for example, “To everyone’s confusion, your accent changes depending on who you’re talking to.”

Third-culture kid

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