Remember: Being successful is nothing to apologize for. Take pride in your contribution to the family's solidity and financial well-being.
"There's a lot of anger out there, there's a lot of frustration. One minute people are bored and apathetic, the next minute they're in the streets burning cars. We are seeing that already in some European cities, it's really urgent that we change the conversation in such a way that young people start to listen instead of just assuming, 'Ah, this doesn't apply to me, it's all bullshit.'"
At the heart of this desire to re-term ourselves is the fact that self-publishing still carries a stigma, and yet we'll never get to distance ourselves from it completely, no matter how much momentum we might be able to muster.
In his new book Trying Not to Try, the University of British Columbia Asian Studies and Embodied Cognition professor Edward Slingerland treats us to a work of seminal importance.
You either go out, get takeout or open the freezer for microwavable dinners. You basically invite a bunch of strangers to cook you dinner. But, should we trust these strange cooks?
Many people think it's down to chance which books sell millions and which don't. Experience tells me otherwise. Too many authors dash off books, plonk them on Amazon, then wonder when they don't sell. Or they get a handful of rejections from publishers and moan about how 'difficult' it is to sell books these days.
Many tomes about Rock and Roll exist, but Mad World is one of the first to give artists from the 1980s another day in the sun: the interviews in the book are priceless.
Initially, I wanted to help first time screenwriters get a foothold in Hollywood. I came to also represent novelists as many of my screenwriting clients dabbled in both genres. My earliest success stories came with setting up the film and television adaptation rights of my clients' novels.
As a scholar of the civil rights movement, Ben Kamin writes about the historically unknown, and unwritten, Jewish aspect of that period through the person of Stanley Levison.
Having writers who can cater to our private and guilty-pleasure reading tastes is the same as having a truly good sex partner who's willing to act out your most reductive or taboo fantasies, because sometimes that's what you need.
It's like the proverbial tree falling in a forest: If an American writer engages with the American empire, but no American readers read it, is the writer still engaging with the empire?
Has the perfect book ever found you at the absolutely perfect moment? That happened to me when I was in the Galapagos Islands last month with my children.
Semple's comedic novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette, had been on the New York Times best-seller list for more than 50 weeks, and Aspen used to be her hometown.
If I had a dollar for every person I've met who tells me their life story should be a book, I'd have $278 by now. The great thing about self-publishing is that everyone can write their life story and turn it into a book.
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