March 2012

The Famous Quotes of Mark Twain

Mark Twain is likely one of the first people thought of when we refer to American authors. He was, in fact, one of the most influential authors of his time. His stories have withstood the times and gone on to inspire and educate many people. He is also the originator of some of the best known quotes. Many of these quotes can still be evaluated and but into use for our generation.

“A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval” is one example of the great Mark Twain quotes. I think everyone can learn something from this. We spend a lot of our time worrying about how others perceive us. Are we making enough money? Do we wear the right clothes? The reality is that none of that really matters. If we cannot be content with ourselves it won’t matter how other people view us.

Is This the End of Authors?

The impact of eBooks on the profession

If the most prolific writers of the past were alive today they would be ashamed of the current conditions. It seems as though writing has transformed from a sought after talent and highly respected profession to a scramble to create the most eBooks. I am not trying to downgrade the new electronic book readers; after all, their initial purpose was to make books more available to the general public. However, their vision has gone way wrong.

In the past, authors would thrive on word of mouth. It was their biggest source of free advertisement, and it is what would make or break their writing career. But in today’s World, anyone can become an author. Self-publishing is now a normal trend. This has led to people that know how to trick the search engines (SEO gurus) becoming the authors with the highest amount of sales. Now, instead of going to the local bookstore and browsing the topics, people are instead typing their keywords into a search engine and choosing from the books that are listed first.