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Friday, April 23, 2010

File this one under "That's gonna leave a mark"

New York Magazine recently published an essay by Roger Lathbury, the erstwhile ex-editor of Orchises Press, in which he recounts the incredible tale of how he landed the deal of a lifetime (the opportunity to publish J.D. Salinger's last book Hapworth 16, 1924) and then totally blew it. This is a fascinating read.

Check out the article here.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ten Rules For Writing Fiction

This was called to my attention courtesy of my good friend Mister Booze and I'm finally getting a chance to call your attention to it. back in January the Guardian UK ran an interesting article co-authored by some of the biggest names in fiction explaining their top ten rules for writing fiction. A must read for aspiring authors.

You can read the article here.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Pulitzer Fairy Tale

Six years ago Paul Harding was a struggling author with a resoundly-rejected finished manuscript sitting in his desk drawer. Now he's a Pulitzer Prize-winning author*. You can read about his amazing story here.

*This is not made up. I promise.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Writer Spotlight: Alan Stewart Carl

Alan Stewart Carl wants to break your heart. With storylines that include adultery, death, selling off family farms, etc, there isn't a lot in his work to brighten your day, at least not on the surface. Yet under the tawdry details there exists a vibrancy and beauty that is not easy to come by in a world mired in postmodernist posturing and artifice. Mr. Carl belongs to a new breed of short story writers (like Roxane Gay, Ethel Rohan, and David Erlewine) who are refocusing on the wide and extraordinary interior lives of their characters, opening small doors to massive worlds in only a few short words. It's wondeful, gorgeous stuff, rooted in the everyday conflicts and bitterness that make life both unbearable and worth living.

I spoke with Mr. Carl about his work, his writing past, and what it means to be a man in the following interview. There are links to his blog and work throughout the interview, so be sure to check it all out.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Titling: How to ensure no one reads your book

Darragh McManus of the Guardian UK muses on the ways the homogenization of the publishing industry has made book titling a fishy, boring business.

You can read the blog here.