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The researchers note that experience-taking is more than a reader attempting to understand the world from the character’s perspective. It’s a “spontaneous,” “unconscious,” and “immersive” process in that, under the right circumstances, the readers replace themselves with the character.

Hmm. Seems like “know your audience” might be more than just a marketing trope.

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Although her full-time job these days is the gentle art of writing novels that keep people up at night, Marianna keeps her imagination churning by freelancing as an analyst in the corporate security and intelligence worlds. Her next thriller, Resurrection Island, will be released in October.

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Sookie Stackhouse Fans Given a Year To Say Goodbye

Charlaine Harris, author of the popular vampire series, announced via her Facebook page on May 14 that she will be ending the series. The final volume will be released on May 2, 2013.

Writers on Writing

Publisher Knopf Doubleday has a YouTube channel with playlists containing hundreds of videos of its authors and promotional videos. The “Writers on Writing” playlist includes 28 (at the moment) very short videos of authors giving their favorite writing tips. Two of this editor’s favorites are Alexander McCall Smith’s recommendation that you start the next book as soon as the previous one is finished because “writing is like playing the piano or long-distance running—you have to practice it” and Mark Z. Danielewski’s recommendation to “Write what you love, because in order to love something, you have to know it, you have to learn about it, you have to be curious about it. It will keep you level-headed during the high times and hold you during the hard times.”

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Another Day Older and Deeper In Debt….

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will enter Chapter 11 proceedings as part of its plan to restructure $3.1 billion debt, but states that the process won’t affect the company’s ownership and “will have no impact on the Company’s day-to-day operations.” The Wall Street Journal notes that the company has been hit hard by cuts to state and local education budgets, which affected the company’s K-12 textbook sales. According to Moody’s Investors Service, the textbook market represents a significant portion of the company’s revenue stream. No word yet on whether the company will be holding bake sales to help retire the debt, but Nink will keep you posted.

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Evermore Pottermore

On June 19, the entire Harry Potter series will be added to the other 145,000 titles available through the Kindle Lending Library, thanks to an “exclusive license” arrangement between Amazon and J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore enterprise. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos noted that one benefit of Amazon’s lending library is that “you never get put on a waiting list.” It should be noted that OverDrive has an exclusive, worldwide arrangement with Pottermore to distribute e-versions of the books and the audiobooks to libraries and schools. That agreement will not be affected by the arrangement with Amazon.

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