Family and friends are often the inspiration for getting published and are profusely thanked in acknowledgements and recognized in dedications. However, unless they are successful authors, editors or in the publishing business, their encouragement is just loving support.
I have been accusing words of being stingy, but now I must admit I have been afraid of words, of what saying them might mean, the implications, because it is the proper thing to praise a great poet, to profess great admiration.
It's the weight of the book that calms me, the feel of the paper under my fingertips as I turn the page that grabs me. This pleasure is sharpened by understanding that what I love at this moment has only been loaned to me. I can possess it fully, but temporarily.
Here's a tip: If Facebook and Twitter are the only methods that you use to promote your new book, new mix tape, new whatever, just stop. You're doing it all wrong, and you're wearing us out.
Music that mentions literature is very enjoyable for fans of both those arts, and for anyone who likes the thrill of spotting connections in culture. Also, songs that cite books can have more intellectual depth than the average tune. And people hearing lit-laced lyrics might read the book if they haven't before. What's not to like about that?
When one of my books came out recently, I did what all authors must do these days -- unless you are Stephen King or Alice Munro or Snooki -- promote your own book.
I've been publishing books since 1990 in many genres with different publishers and have seen wave after wave of answers to the question "What will sell this book?"
Last fall, author Marc Nobleman came up with the idea of "... a variation on a poetry slam at which kidlit/YA authors read aloud their most critical or absurd user reviews (from Amazon or Good Reads) for comic relief/catharsis."
I knew Stephen Sondheim's lyrics before I knew who Stephen Sondheim was. I was a little ghetto girl when I fell in love with ...
How many authors of commercial fiction do you know who get huge, glowing profiles in the New Yorker? Well, Jennifer Weiner just did, as she continues to ride her successful hobbyhorse about not getting respect.
With the need to make their book stand out against tens of millions of others, an author needs every tool in their toolbox. So, image my surprise when many of them weren't taking advantage of two critical Facebook features.
Since these images are not only long lasting on books, but are also shared on social media outlets, isn't it worth making sure they're great?
Great pre-1800s literature is interesting for reasons in addition to the quality of the work itself. For instance, we see the roots of -- and influences on -- later fiction. We also get a fascinating sense of long-ago life.
What if someone never quite felt at home -- at home? This quest for a sense of place is the dominant theme in If I Never Go Home, the debut novel by author Ingrid Persaud.
Is it strange to get married in the same place where you already spend 50 hours a week? Maybe. But I prefer to look at it this way: the memories of the most fun, emotional day of my life so far are easily accessible.
I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.
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