All over the country, newspaper reviewers are wasting space reviewing George Bush's biography about his father. Whether they pan it or praise it, they'll say over and over, as Michiko Kakutani recently did in The New York Times, things like "he writes--" or "he says--" Does he?
When writers complain about writing, their audience really ends up being other writers, and many of us think, "If it makes you so damned miserable, just get another job already."
Publishing a book is a wild tangle of creative, legal and business decisions. Many things are ideal to DIY; heart surgery, nuclear fusion and self-publishing are not among them.
The launch of a book, be it the first for an author or their most recent release, has always been the established gateway for traditional publishers to introduce a new work.
We hear so much about eBooks these days that it's almost easy to forget that long before the eBook, there was another way to enjoy a title: in audio...
I like to think everyone has a superpower; a special gift that they're born with; like my friend Chris for instance who can get an entire Satsuma under his foreskin.
Ever since I was a child, I loved storytelling. I used it in making my own Muppet shows, in-school fanzines, and invent stories when I was at home. It...
Almost 25 years ago, living in LA and working in the film industry, I decided to write a screenplay. I had abandoned prose writing somewhere in college, having been scared straight out of the writing habit via the tender ministrations of visiting New Yorker short story virtuosi creative writing instructors and my own mountainous insecurities and fears.
Seldom do we see a white character described as having almond shaped eyes, or skin the color of a beverage, because white characters are not frequently described beyond eye color, hair color, and body type.
It's been ten weeks since my novel Filthy Still was released and nine since it went bestseller and I am no closer to figuring out how I managed it than I was eight weeks ago.
My fellow writers often ask my advice on various aspects of writing and publishing, not because I've enjoyed great success (though I have enjoyed moderate success), but because I've tried just about everything.
I am astonished at the staying power of The War of the Roses, which takes a rather dark view on the end of a marriage, and what the process itself does to people. People I meet are convinced that the story is autobiographical.
Remember that an agent who wants to represent you is courting you. Allow yourself to be courted; don't throw yourself at the first prospect that comes along and agree to make changes you don't really want to make. Be flexible; don't be a doormat.
So, yes, my sister and I wrote a book at 17. But I also learned a lesson that will influence every single thing that I will write in the future, and I am sure that it's for the better.
Kay, my acid-toned and perpetually vexed marketing guru, claimed this week that her daughter Lily was better at book marketing than I am. Which was a bold claim, considering Lily is two weeks old.
Don't text everyone you know that the reviewer is an absolute moron who deserves nothing but bad sex and botulism. Why? Most people won't know about the review until you tell them.
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