Writing Re-Enlightenment

Web wanderings: Some interesting links

Posted in Uncategorized by Caralyn Davis on January 30, 2012

If you don’t share my obsessive-compulsive tendency to troll the Internet looking for news and information about the wide world of literature and publishing, here are a few good links that you could have missed:

http://janefriedman.com/2012/01/28/start-here-how-to-get-your-book-published/ Great post by Jane Friedman laying out the basics of what writers need to consider on the road to book publication.

http://thephoenix.com/boston/news/133082-gender-bias-at-npr-and-what-it-reveals-about-the “Gender Bias at NPR — and What It Reveals About the World of Literary Fiction: All (Male) Things Considered” I learned about this sad, sobering article at Blog of a Bookslut, which offers great information and insights on the literary world.

http://thereviewreview.net/interviews/bridge-commercial-publishing An interview with the editors of Slice, who also happen to be book editors at Penguin and Hatchett. Particularly Hopeful Words: “We aim to act as a bridge for new writers to make their way into the commercial publishing world. Many of our subscribers are editors and agents and they routinely scout out new talent in Slice.” So might be a good place for many traditional writers try! This is my attempt to provide HOPE after the HELL of the essay by the former Tin House reader. (See previous post.)

http://www.erikadreifus.com/2012/01/friday-find-where-to-publish-flash-nonfiction-micro-essays/ “Friday Find: Where to Publish Flash Nonfiction & Micro-Essays” Might interest creative nonfiction writers as a way to dip your toe in the publishing waters, particularly if you’ve put all your eggs in a single “memoir” basket. As this new post at Talking Writing points out, memoirs are not an easy sell with agents, let alone publishers. FYI, I look at Erika Dreifus pretty religiously (note aforementioned obsessive-compulsive traits) — her website is worth checking out whether you write fiction or nonfiction.

In a last, totally unrelated note, last night my mother told me that her cat “hornswoggled” her. Love. That. Word. I believe it needs to see a resurgence in the under-70 crowd. Who’s with me?

As I tell my younger brother whenever we talk, Have a Good Life!

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