10 things Hilary Mantel knows about writing Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Wow, I’m collecting tidbits of information from other bloggers. Love it. I’ll take all the help I can get, and reblog/share it so others can benefit too. Thanks for sharing.


This list is an extract from a post by Hilary Mantel, the international bestselling author, and seems like a good and thought-provoking way to start the new year. It originally appeared in the blog for The Story Prize.The Story Prize is an annual book award for short story collections written in English and published in the U.S. during a calendar year. For more information, go to www.thestoryprize.org.

Quotes for writers

Ten things I’ve learned….since I started writing my first novel, in 1974 (which feels like yesterday). Ten things to think about, or ten rules I try to keep: I won’t call them advice, as I’d hardly presume to give it.

  1. If you see a problem in your narrative, go there fast. Head for the point of danger. It’s where the energy is.

    2. Free up your creativity: Liberate it from your expectations and experience. When you have an idea, don’t assume…

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This is some interesting information, new to me, so perhaps new to other writers as well. I’ve asked some questions of Chris on his site, so if you have questions about Kindle Unlimited, go to the original post and see if it also answers your questions.


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Toward the end of July, 2014, Amazon introduced a new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited, which allows customers to read unlimited books for $9.99 (US price) per month.

  • This includes 100,000 traditionally published books in addition to 600,000 KDP Select books.
  • Most of the traditionally published books are from smaller publishers, but include some popular books such as Harry Potter.
  • Customers can borrow up to 10 different books at a time (whereas Amazon Prime allows just one borrow per month).
  • Kindle Unlimited only pays a royalty when a customer reaches 10% of the book’s length.
  • All Kindle Unlimited downloads affect sales rank, regardless of whether or not the customer reaches the 10% mark.
  • Royalties for Kindle Unlimited borrows have been as low as $1.30, down considerably from around $2 prior to Kindle Unlimited.
  • Many books receive numerous Kindle Unlimited borrows, while borrows were…

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