Monday December 16, 2013
December 16, 2013 marks 238 years since the birth of one of the most beloved novelists of all time: Jane Austen.
Austen's fans are legion and her plots and characters have launched dozens of adaptions and inspired hundreds of work -- for example Miss Darcy Falls in Love by Sharon Lathan (which will be a selection of the 2014 World Book Night), and Undressing Mr. Darcy, a novel by Karen Doornebos that was released earlier this month.
Read more about the author and her fans at the Jane Austen Society of North America.
Image: Berkley, Penguin Books
Thursday December 12, 2013
In an open letter, New York Times best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Richard Russo elaborates on why its a good idea for authors to join the Authors Guild.
"Everything in the digital age may feel new and may seem to operate under new rules, but the conversation about the relationship between art and commerce is age-old, and artists must be part of it. To that end we'd do well to speak with one voice... [because] while it's pretty to think that our odd way of life will endure, there's no guarantee. The writing life is ours to defend. Protecting it also happens to be the mission of the Authors Guild."
Read Richard Russo's full letter here...
Read more about the Authors Guild and eligibility for joining.
Image: Philip Caputo (left) with Richard Russo (right) - Andrew H. Walker / Getty Images Entertainment
Friday November 29, 2013
The food- and retail-focused long Thanksgiving weekend continues with tomorrow's Small Business Saturday which is of special note to booklovers this year.
Due to an independent bookseller initiative called Indies First (suggested by Seattle bookseller Janis Segress, inaugurated by author Sherman Alexie, and supported by the ABA), a number of authors will be visiting bookstores, helping out the booksellers, recommending favorites, and chatting with customers.
For example, Madison, CT's R. J. Julia Booksellers is tapping the handselling skills of best-selling novelist Wally Lamb; poet and novelist Beth Ann Fennelly will be one of "acting booksellers" at Square Books in Oxford, MS; and George Bishop and Carolyn Kolb will be working at Octavia Books in New Orleans. Alexie will join Laurie Frankel and others at Queen Anne Book Company, where the idea was hatched.
Wednesday November 27, 2013
Writing for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' website, Roxane Gay poses eight questions. While she isn't explicit about her purpose, the queries seem constructed to help writers gain insight as to why they might not be further along in their writing careers than they'd like to be.
If your answer to her question "Are you willing to be critiqued and/or edited?" (#4) is "Yes," read this article about getting feedback on your novel. If your answer to #3 ("Is your writing ready to be submitted?") is "No," maybe you should consider hiring an editor to help you polish your work or a copyeditor to get rid of the typos (more about editorial services here).
Read Gay's entire, excellent article here.