March Issue of BookIsh Plaza eZine now online!

28 02 2015

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The March issue is now online! We have some great features on:
– Aruban literature in the picture
– The bunny Nijntje now speaks ‘Papiamentu’
– Events Calendar with One Voice Festival, Women in Paradise and more
– Newly arrived, Soon for sale books and more.

Read it @ BOOKISH PLAZA eZINE nr.39 MARCH 2015

Visit BookIsh Plaza for Caribbean books

How to Write a Truly Scary Story

28 02 2015

2014-artwork-monster-fiction-writing-sketch“But what is it we are afraid of?” wrote Virginia Woolf in 1918. “We are not afraid of ruins, or moonlight, or ghosts.” Woolf was charting a sea-change in the nature of the supernatural tale, but she might as well have been asking future readers “Who will you be, and what will frighten you?”

In Woolf’s time, the gothic effects of Mrs. Radcliffe no longer frightened readers. For Woolf it was the close-to-home possession of two young children in Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw. Do the phantoms exist only in the mind of the untested twenty-year-old charged with protecting them? We never know. But the governess experiences something far more frightening than a ghost: Woolf calls it “the sudden extension of her own field of perception.”

The sudden extension of her own field of perception.

Strange. Terrifying. Something we are likely to experience in our world too. A sudden glimpse of a terrain beyond our perceived limits, and nothing is ever the same again. Isn’t this exactly what happens when a reader encounters a truly disquieting short story? You feel as if a trap-door has opened and you’ve fallen through. Everyone and everything — out there in the world — looks slightly different. The line between private and public starts to blur.

Read further @ Huffingtonpost

How to Pimp Up your Reading Life

28 02 2015


Being a reader is a life-long project, and we all want to do it well. Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the parts of a reader’s life that feel insurmountable — the TBR list you’ll never complete; the library hold list you’ll never catch up on; all the amazing books you’ll never hear about, let alone find and own!

But there are little ways we can enrich our reading lives every day: small changes we can make or ideas we can try to change up our reading patterns and find new books to love. Here are forty places to start. Add your own in the comments below, or try a couple first and then come tell me how they go.

1. Wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual and use that time to read a poem.

2. Visit your library — especially if it’s been awhile — and ask a librarian for a recommendation.

3. Let go of one reading prejudice and never think about it again.

4. Read one book in a genre you think you despise.

5. Ask someone you respect for a book suggestion, and read it right away.

6. Give away the book that’s been on your TBR pile the longest.

7. Volunteer for an organization that promotes literacy.

8. Read a book that looks like it will make you feel uncomfortable.

9. Commit to a reading challenge.

10. Cull ten books from your collection and donate them without bringing any new books home.

Read further for the other tips @ BookRiot

Guilty Pleasure Reads?

28 02 2015


Read what you want? What you like. No guilty pleasure. No shame. So read Scifi, Fantasy or Thriller & don’t be guilty about that. So do your own thing and enjoy your reads. Watch the video to know there’s no shame in that.

So You Want to Get Published?

27 02 2015

Publishing a Novel: INFOGRAPHIC



Read further @ GalleyCat

Can You Read More Than 3 Books a Month?

27 02 2015


How to Read More Than 3 Books a Month

Behavioral specialist Sam Thomas Davies reads more than 42 books a year. His trick? He relies on “the 10% rule.”

That is, he recommends that you “commit to reading your new book in its entirety” by reading 10 percent every day, he explains in a piece published on It also helps to own a Kindle, he says, because you have access to so many books and it is easy to read books on the go.

Read further at Galleycat

Out Now! February Issue BookIsh Plaza eZine 2015

4 02 2015


In this Edition:
– Symposium Papiamentu Language Union
– Book launch ‘Moonlight on the Waves ‘
– Events Calendar
– Educational film ‘A kippah in the Caribbean’
– New books


Recognition for Aruban Author

4 02 2015

Erkenning Q. Nicolaas

The Aruban writer Quito Nicolaas, residing in The Netherlands, is included in the encyclopedia of the University of Oxford. He is recognized as one of the most important authors of the Caribbean. Nicolaas has ten books to his credit, many poems and numerous columns. ‘I am proud that the name of Aruba circulates in this way among many libraries and literary institutions in the world,’ says the writer …

His books are available @ BookIsh Plaza

What it takes to be a Famous Self-Published Author

4 02 2015


“It’s so easy to become an author of novels. Others have done it, why not me?”


In writing a novel, all you have to do is follow the formula. Classes abound that teach the formulas. Hell, you probably believe you can imagine and create stories as good as any of them. You have things to say, stories to tell, fantastic ideas floating around in your imagination that deserve to be communicated to a vast army of readers. You’ve been validated by your teachers and peers. Maybe a publisher took a chance on your first novel. Okay you didn’t sell that much but the publisher didn’t promote it and you know in your gut it is a great piece of work. It is a prize worth pursuing. You burn to write stories and novels. It is in your genes. You thirst to see your work converted to the big or little screen. And the money? Lots of money rolling in. You’d be lionized at book parties. People would line up for your autograph. You know in your heart you can be the next Hemingway, the next Faulkner, the next Fitzgerald. Your talent deserves the celebrity and prestige of authordom, the shot at immortality.

Read further @ Huffington Post

Infograhic of how to be a Famous Writer

4 02 2015

Electric Lit team has created an infographic to help people try to answer this question: “Am I a Famous Writer Yet?



Source: GalleyCat