With so much movement happening in the LGBT community that plays out across our news constantly, I wanted to talk with a few fiction writers about the impact it has on them.
Indeed, literature can get very compelling when depicting crime and (sometimes) punishment, to reference the title of a certain Russian novel. And when fictional works depict that, all kinds of stuff can come up.
Today I am thinking specifically about some of the strong female characters who have been featured and memorialized in literature. I've come up with a list of fiction and nonfiction books that unfold around these characters.
If you want to connect with readers, you need to search for and follow readers. This isn't rocket science. Targeting other random authors you don't know to do your promotion for you is ineffective.
As an author, I wound up owning my own small business and it's as vulnerable to competition and the vagaries of the market place as any physical store. Sometimes it's just as exhausting.
Whether or not we want to believe it, reality TV has changed the face of entertainment. From "Survivor," to "The Bachelor," to "Keeping Up With The...
Why was it here, in this sparsely populated and mountainous stretch of the Hudson River, that a cluster of colonies fighting to become a new nation sunk in its roots and decided to establish its most vital fortress?
Some authors are making a killing writing and publishing on their own. Others, like Hugh Howey, are changing the game -- becoming hybrid authors walking the line between indie and mainstream publishing.
I work with writers (indie, hybrid, and traditional) every day who, with one book out, no blog, no social networking, no advertising, etc., expect to pay their rent or support their family on the sales of one book. That is an unrealistic expectation.
As I prepare to move from a house to an apartment this year (what -- freelance writers don't make hedge-fund salaries?), I've become particularly aware of relocation scenarios in literature. Yes, a major plot device in fiction involves characters going to a new place.
Armistead Maupin's assignment was to show up at the offices of the San Francisco Chronicle every weekday morning and produce seven hundred words, give or take. But Army's job was not to report the story. It was to make it up.
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?
by Jeff VanderMeer
Published on September 2nd, 2014
by Katy Simpson Smith
Published on August 26th, 2014
by Stephan Eirik Clark
Published on August 19th, 2014
by Roxane Gay
Published on August 5th, 2014