What really sells a book?

Some might say the trickiest part is actually selling the book. Or writing it? Opinions differ. But what really sells a book? What marketing tool? What recipe to follow? Is there a recipe?

Well, let’s analyze one of my favorite novels, The History of Love by Nicole Krauss, and hope that I’ll be able to offer some insight as to how people decide to buy a book. Continue reading

IMDb Top 250 Challenge

Hi guys,

So me and a friend decided to review all the movies in the top 250 on IMDbIt’s going to be fun. Think in terms of short, no spoiler, movie reviews that are supposed to help you decide if what a great deal of people consider to be the best movies ever made are worth your time.

We’re going to start from #250 and work our way up. One movie per day.

Reviews:

#250: Dead Poets Society(1989)

#249: Dog Day Afternoon(1975)

#248: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) Continue reading

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irevuo mottoYou’re probably wondering, “What is this all about?” I know, and that’s why I’m going to explain everything first.

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Stephen King’s 10 Best Tips for Becoming a Phenomenal Writer

The King has always been the sort of writer who can release one bestseller after another. He has sold more than 350 million copies of his works.

Wouldn’t that be nice? To be able to sell that many books? To be that productive?

Well, in 2002 King temporarily gave up on writing horror novels, and wrote a little book chronicling his rise to fame and discussing exactly what he believes it takes to become a good writer. Since then, it’s become the most popular book about writing ever written, which is understandable.

On Writing is not only about the basics of writing, and something that you should approach as a craft, but also a passion. Other writing books are focused on the mechanics of the written word, while King shows you how to capture the joy of the craft.

Yes, this little book will make you want to write, not for fame or fortune, but because it’s fun, and there’s nothing else you would rather do.

If I could recommend only one book to aspiring writers, On Writing would be it. But don’t take my word for it. Below, I’ve compiled a list of his best advice from the book, and I also wrote down some of my own thoughts on exactly how they apply to aspiring writers. Continue reading

Here’s How to Write a Brilliant Sentence

“I write one page of masterpiece to ninety-one pages of shit. I try to put the shit in the wastebasket.”― Ernest Hemingway

Average writers write average sentences. You, I’m guessing, don’t want to be average.

You want to be great. You believe you can be phenomenal, which means you need to write damn good sentences … without even thinking about it … day in and day out.

Do that and you’ll become unstoppable.

Everything you write … every blog post, every short story, status update, tweet… is formed by a bunch of sentences. If you can write a brilliant sentence, you can write a brilliant short story, even a novel.

Want to learn how? Read on… Continue reading

Westworld Season Two

First of all, I am obsessed with this cover of Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box.

Secondly, in case you didn’t know, I am a big fan of HBO’s Westworld, a Western/Sci-Fi/Thriller/A bunch of other genres.

Last but not least, with the premiere of the second season of this TV show, we get a chance to better understand not only how the AIs in this theme park function, but also the motives and the desires of the main characters, especially the late doctor Ford.

I’m just rambling now, I guess.

This is well worth watching. Well worth your time.

Other than that, more thoughts to be shared after the release of all episodes.

What a Time to Be An Artist

This is Salvator Mundi, a recently rediscovered painting by Leonardo da Vinci. It was sold for $450 million by a Russian billionaire, mostly because the Saudi royal family and the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, who both mistakenly thought they were bidding against the Qatari royal family, tried to outbid each other.

The picture ultimately found its way to the Louvre Abu Dhabi after the Saudis flipped it for a mega-yacht.

Yes, this is what actually happened.

A mere four decades ago this would have been unthinkable. The art world was in no position to demand this kind of money. Continue reading