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

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?

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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Writing Advice from Ray Bradbury

“You fail only if you stop writing.”

Known for writing a short story every week, the late master of science fiction Ray Bradbury had a rather pragmatic philosophy when it came to writing, which he described in his book Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity, which is a must read for writers who need a bit of inspiration. Here is some of the best advice about the creative process of writers that can be found in any book. Continue reading Writing Advice from Ray Bradbury

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TMM: The Angel in The Marble

angel“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” – Michelangelo

Don’t you love it when your mind imprisons a certain image? You have a certain vision, you know exactly where you want to go and what you have to do. An image that has to be set free.

This is one of the most crucial aspects of good art: vision. And heart. I’m not sure you can have one without the other. Continue reading TMM: The Angel in The Marble

Making Your Own Paperback : ISBNs, Interior Formatting, and Cover Design

irevuo is about art. And art is about learning new things. The how-to of making the stuff that we like to call art.

Today’s tutorial? Something I quite enjoy creating. Paperbacks. All about publishing and creating them.

Let’s analyze the paperback edition of my debut novel, Jazz. Continue reading Making Your Own Paperback : ISBNs, Interior Formatting, and Cover Design

Social reading

Shelfari, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Booklikes, Scribd.

Kindle, Nook, Kobo…

The world is changing towards a more technology oriented perspective on arts. This is not something new. It’s becoming a fact.

People spend more time using technology, more time on the web, more time using social media, so it makes sense that they’d spend more and more time reading in a similar manner. Continue reading Social reading

Creepy Moments in Literature

The written word, for all its faults and flaws, is fully capable of giving a reader the shivers… it plays on our senses by combining the familiar and unfamiliar in uncanny moments that, in many instances, originated the horror genre. Here are some of the creepiest moments in literature. Continue reading Creepy Moments in Literature

Showcase: Edvard Munch

Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s works can cause psychological trauma. Or are they depictions of such trauma? There’s something bizarre about them, and said works show how art is not about the outward appearance of things, but their inner complexities. What hides behind a smile? What can you figure out about a person from their body language? What is it about colors? Continue reading Showcase: Edvard Munch