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Favorite Words of Wisdom from Fuze Staff and Authors

As our gift to you, we have collected favorite quotations from our staff and authors.  Enjoy!

Molly Tinsley, Fuze co-founder and author ofEntering the Blue Stone and Satan’s Chamber treasures the famous line in E.M. Forster’s novel,Howard‘s End:

Only connect.

Karetta HubbardFuze co-founder and co-author ofSatan’s Chamber, says, “I feel so lucky and blessed in life, so I try and live by this Sam Walter Foss poem as I gratefully give back in my volunteer work:”

Let me live in a house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner’s seat
Nor hurl the cynic’s ban-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Our Newsletter Editor, Meg Tinsley, picks words from a favorite author: 

She is a friend of my mind. She gather me, man. The pieces I am, she gather them and give them back to me in all the right order.Toni Morrison, Beloved

Mark Saunders, author of Nobody Knows the Spanish I Speak, likes this quotation fromLunatics by Dave Berry and Alan Zweibel: 

There are precious few activities that grown men should do while naked. Showering. Swimming when no one else is around. S_x*, whether someone else is around or not. And anything that takes place in front of blind people. Beyond that, all unclothed activities should be filed under the heading of “Dear Lord, If He Bends Over One More Time I’m Going To Hang Myself.”

(*Believe it or not, unless we took out the “e”, spam filters would have prevented this newsletter from getting to you!)

From Mary Lee, our intern:

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.Maya Angelou

Sarah Pleydell, author of Cologne, selects a passage from Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendack: 

The wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws but Max stepped into his private boat and waved good-bye and sailed back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and into the night of his very own room where he found his supper waiting for him and it was still hot.

Walter Bennett, author of Leaving Tuscaloosa, offers these soulful words:

If you can feel a character’s loneliness, you can know the character.

–Craig Nova, novelist

Natalie Wexler,  author of the literary satire, The Mother Daughter Show, selects a pithy quote:

I write in order to attain that feeling of tension relieved and function achieved which a cow enjoys on giving milk.

–H.L. Mencken

Co-authors and husband and wife pair Karen Gans and Larry Buchanan reveal the diversity within their marriage with their choice of quotes, a dynamic that plays out in their memoir, The Gift of El Tio. 

Karen’s favorite:

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.  –Maya Angelou

 And Larry’s selection, from Ambrose Bierce, in The Devil’s Dictionary (1911):
The covers of this book are too far apart
Addie Greene, author of How The Winds Laughed, takes a political slant:

In Zuccotti Park I felt a kind of lightening of a weight, a lessening of the awful isolation and powerlessness of knowing we’re being lied to and robbed on a daily basis and that everyone knows it and keeps quiet and endures it.

Francine Prose, Occupywriter’s.com

Kathleen Jabs, author of Black Wings, chooses Robert Stone:  

It’s all about letting the story take over.

A favorite from Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, in the Fuze Marketing Department:

 Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see
 it through no matter what.
–Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird
Sue Fretwell, Fuze staff, likes this inspirational quote:
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
Seneca, Roman dramatist, philosopher, and politician.
Sarah Blankenship, Operations, offers these words of wisdom:

I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.
–J.K. Rowling
Kerrie Gavgavian, in our Shipping Department, likes humorist David Sedaris:
Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it’s just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it.
From Alex Barba, in our marketing department, this classic:
The chief glory of every people arises from its authors.
–US Library of Congress

Ray Rhamey, who designmany of the Fuze book covers, selects a succinct gem from his own novelThe Vampire Kitty-cat Chronicles.  This quote is from Patch, the vampire kitty-cat, agreeing with the idea that no one wants to be a vampire. 

Mrf. 

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Posted by on December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

The Harrowing Side of Addie Greene’s How The Winds Laughed

 

 

Author Addie Greene’s memoir, How the Winds Laughed, recounts her harrowing, yet  exhilarating coming-of-age circumnavigation of the globe in a 28-foot wooden (yes,wooden) boat, as a young wife with her then-husband Pete.  They encounter broken masts, cyclones, the amazing generosity of the native peoples, as well as the oppressiveness of 1970’s apartheid, witnessed first-hand. 

Here is another photo, recently redigitized, showing the towering mast of their boat,Wa,  which needed countless repairs during their voyage, often involving a daunting climb all the way up–sometimes during a wild and dangerous storm! 

 

 

Seek out the full tale by purchasing her book in print or ebook format.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Motion Pictures Make Books Obsolete?

The brilliant Thomas Edison amassed over a thousand patents for his many inventions, including the light bulb, the phonograph, and one of the first motion pictures.  Of course, not all his inventions were a success.  Neither were his predictions.

Edison’s groundbreaking development of the motion picture had him convinced that schools and learning would be forever changed by the new medium.  According to the “Ebookfriendly” blog site, Edison once said, “Books will soon be obsolete in the public schools. Scholars will be instructed through the eye. It is possible to teach every branch of human knowledge with the motion picture. Our school system will be completely changed inside of ten years.”

Sound familiar?  In the past few years more than a few experts have spelled doom for the print book, asserting it will never survive the digital book revolution.  It’s true that ebook sales have soared in a short period of time.  And we are all waiting and wondering how print books, brick-and-mortar bookstores, and ebooks will affect each other and adapt in the coming years.  But readers have continued to desire print books, and the main consequence of ereaders seems to be that people are reading more–in various formats–not that they’re buying fewer print books.  “Ebookfriendly” believes Edison’s failed prediction cautions against forecasting a dire endpoint to the current state of publishing.  Ebooks and print books are not rivals, but rather they “play on the same team.” 

 

What do you think?  Post your comments on the Fuze Facebook page.

 

Read the entire “Ebookfriendly” blog.

 

 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

Should Amazon Watch Its Back?

Media mogul Barry Diller and film producer Scot Rudin saw an opening and they gunned the accelerator.  Was it the chance to compete with the now-dominant Amazon in the world of digital book sales?  Or was it for the pure fun of taking a ride in the turbulent waters of publishing, not knowing what shores they would wash up on?

Whatever their motives, according to a New York Times article entitled, “Media Chiefs Form Venture to E-Publish,”  Diller and Rudin, along with Frances Coady, a longtime publishing executive, have formed a new company called Brightline that will publish first ebooks and then physical books, in partnership with Atavist, an electronic book publisher based in Brooklyn.  It seems when taking on a mega-company like Amazon, there is safety in numbers.

“The book business has a concentrated number of players and is unquestionably in transition,” says Diller.  And his ambitions aren’t small.  “There is a possibility here that if we start with a blank piece of paper that you could hit the opportunity that exists in the book business now.”

This new enterprise obviously has lots of start-up capital, which it plans to use for marketing,

as well as paying top dollar in order to compete for blockbuster authors.   “Many questionsremain,” says Julie Bosman, New York Times contributor, “including how the new company will share revenue with its authors and how it will get printed books into stores.”

Fuze welcomes more players to the field, especially those with the heft to rival Amazon.  Though smaller in our scope than Brightline, our work is backed by the integrity of our books, which stimulate the heart, mind, and imagination. 

Keep publishing diverse–shop Fuze today!

Read the entire New York Times article.

 
 
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Posted by on December 7, 2012 in Uncategorized