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 What Really Sells a Book?

12 Books That Will Surely Make You Cry

Art is supposed to make you feel something, right? And what more can you ask from a book other than to be moved by it in such a way that you end up shedding a few tears?

Also, psychologists claim that crying is kind of good for releasing stress and making you stronger emotionally, so here are twelve books that are guaranteed to make you cry. Continue reading 12 Books That Will Surely Make You Cry

Showcase and Interview: Gina Iacob

Gina Iacob is a twenty five year old self-taught Romanian artist, who likes to experiment with different techniques and styles. She’s also interesting, interested, inspiring, inspired, and quite funny. Don’t believe me? Check this interview out.

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Showcase: Banksy

Indeed. It is time to showcase one of the most famous, most mysterious, and most controversial contemporary artists. Who is Banksy? What does he want?

Impossible to answer these questions at the time, but we can take a few moments to admire some of his works. Continue reading Showcase: Banksy

Art is a Matter of Faith

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“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”Anatole France

I often say that art is a matter of faith. That you have to believe in what you’re doing. You have to believe in the world you’re creating, in yourself, in your capabilities. Leave no room for doubt, petty frustrations, or insecurities.

I also say that it’s all just a matter of hard work. But sometimes you hit a wall. You’ve run out of things to say. You feel void of motivation, inspiration, or courage. What once brought you great pleasure, it’s now a tedious task.

Yes. We need to act upon our dreams, but we must never forget to dream. To hope. To aspire. To believe. Continue reading Art is a Matter of Faith

TMM: 2 AM

The Midnight Muse came a bit later tonight. “Traffic,” she said. Not that I believe her.

Anyway, tonight the topic is simple: creative block. It’s like writer’s block, only it happens to all kinds of artists. And it’s painful. You don’t feel like doing anything, or you feel as if everything you do is crap. You’re the worst artist ever born. There are many ways to counter this block: Continue reading TMM: 2 AM