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Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Writing Links!

Here's a Metafilter post about an independent author named Amanda Hocking who has apparently sold over 100K copies of her supernatural love thrillers entirely through on-line channels like Kindle and iTunes. I'll avoid my obvious inclination toward snarky backbiting* and just say bravo to her and keep this in the back of my mind as a possible back-up plan if my attempts at getting properly published fail spectacularly, as they probably will.

Speaking of DFW**, the man has new fiction in The New Yorker. My God, this dude writes better stuff as a dead man than I'll ever put on the page, alive or dead.

The Millions has a very good article about writing from the perspective of the opposite gender. I can seriously relate to this, since there is a female character in my novel that is also a different race from myself. Talk about stepping outside your comfort zone.

The New York Times has a hard-hitting piece of journalism that asks the tough question, "Is reading hurting our spines?"

*Like maybe the irrational exuberance over such an incredible success should be tempered a little by considering the good fortune of Ms. Hocking's chosen genre and delivery channel (i.e. supernatural romance thrillers ala Twilight and the Internet). The obvious next question is: "Would something hardcore literary like Infinite Jest^ have a snowball's chance in Hades of selling 100K copies without massive promotional support from the established publishing mechanism?" Sure, one can sell a bajillion copies of vampire romance novels to Internet-literate Tweens, but what are the ramifications for the wider publishing industry?
^Actually, with it's insane amount of footnotes, Infinite Jest would probably make a crazy good e-book since all the footnotes could be turned into hyperlinks, thus eliminating the need to flip back and forth constantly from the front to the back of the book. Although that would completely destroy the reason for all those footnotes. DFW himself said that he started putting footnotes in his writing so that the reader would have to flip back and forth, thus reminding them that they were reading a book and not a website or a magazine. He wanted the reader to be conscious of the format. Very meta, Dave.
**Of course, if you haven't read the first footnote and footnote to a footnote, you wouldn't know that I have already spoken about DFW. Shame on you for not reading my footnotes. I work hard on these footnotes, and occasionally there's actually some useful information in them. *smiley face smiley face*