Becoming a Bestselling Author

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If you have a clever anecdote, an interesting memory, a new way to explain how something works, or an opinion on a social or political issue, then you have an essay in you. Unlike a novel, history book, or scientific publication, essays provide you with the versatility to express all…
The Importance of Author Platform
A platform generally refers to an author's visibility and reach to a target audience: who is aware of your work, where does your work appear, and how many people see it. Examine the six components that make up most platforms, and review the requirements for various genres of writing.
In the Wake of the Flood - Author Margaret Atwood
On the eve of her 70th birthday, Canadian writer Margaret Atwood set out on an international tour criss-crossing the British Isles and North America to celebrate the publication of her new dystopian novel, The Year of the Flood. Rather than mount a traditional tour to promote a book's publication, Atwood…
Counihan Connection
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The Changing World of Charles Dickens
Superb performances from some of the most memorable works of Charles Dickens, including David Copperfield, Dombey and Son, Great Expectations and Oliver Twist. A fascinating look at a major writer who not only reflected his times, but set out to change them as well. "A very good overview of the…
Romanticism - The Revolt of the Spirit
Nineteenth-century Romanticism--with its escape from an increasingly complex and industrialized world to the simplicity and purity of nature--is experienced through the literature of Hugo, Bronte, Shelley and Byron. In a scene from Les Miserables, Victor Hugo sees society as the force that makes men evil. Attitudes toward passions are typified…
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Shakespeare wrote of the depths of human passion and ambition -- eternal themes that continually prove their relevance to modern readers and citizens. Shakespeare: A Mirror to Man demonstrates that timelessness through performances of scenes from plays including The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, and Othello. "Well-cast and employing the…
J. K. Rowling
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The adventures of that certain boy wizard, Harry Potter, were enough to propel J.K Rowling into millionaire status, but by 2007 the story that began it all came to an end. Rowling said goodbye to the series with the launch of the seventh book in the series, "Harry Potter and…
The Beat Generation
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Classroom Classics II
Identify major literary themes and see how characters and plots are developed. Program features dramatic clips from these popular classics: Lord of the Flies by William Golding & The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.
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Identify major literary themes and see how characters and plots are developed. Program features dramatic clips from these opular classics: Animal Farm by George Orwell & The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.
Natty Bumppo and Woodrow Call--Frontier Heroes
Episode 13 of Heroes and Legends
Shift your attention to two very American heroes: Natty Bumppo from James Fenimore Cooper's Last of the Mohicans and Woodrow Call from Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series. These frontier heroes bring to life the conflict between Anglo- and Native American cultures--and capture a reality often glossed over by the romance…