The other day I got an email from a writer who had an appointment to pitch her movie idea to a producer and she was in a panic. She asked what tips I could offer. The biggest one: Keep It...
When we learned that a group of writers were trying to raise ~$15,000 to cover expenses (for flights, childcare, hotel, and more) so that they might attend the WU Un-Conference, we were more than happy to help spread the word of their initiatives. Show More Summary
Football season has officially begun! The Bulldogs and Rebels both won their season openers. We had a double header (can you call it a double header when it’s football not baseball?) with the Arkansas v. Auburn game and the MSU v. Southern Miss games yesterday with another couple who are friends of ours. We had […]
U.S. cover for The Caller Congratulations to WU contributor Juliet Marillier on the upcoming U.S. release (Sept. 9th) of her latest novel, The Caller! We’re happy she’s with us today to answer a few questions in a WU Take Five interview. We’re...Show More Summary
This is a little experiment in flash fiction, using photos by a very talented photographer, Ryan McGuire, who generously lets people use his images without charge - you can find them at Gratisgraphy. The idea is to craft a story...
For many of us, August brought vacation, homegrown vegetables, and plenty of words on the page. Just in case you missed the mergers, the continuing Amazon-Hachette debate, or some downright juicy craft links designed to jump start your writing, we bring you our top tweets of the month. Show More Summary
Should you self-publish exclusively on Amazon? That is the question many authors consider whenever they put a book out. Which side of the fence are you on? The benefits of exclusivity Here are my thoughts as to why you should consider exclusivity with Amazon, which basically means that you cannot publish a particular work anywhere […]
Do you find that sometimes you're working on a project and it seems to proceed by fits and starts rather than flowing smoothly? I know I do. One strategy that helps is at the end of every work session jotting...
Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware NOTE: Before writing this post, I thought a lot about linkage. I didn't want to increase traffic to propaganda blogs and websites by linking to them--but I did want readers to be able to see the kind of nastiness involved. Show More Summary
Dear you, I'm traveling and posting is difficult. In case you missed it, I'll be reading in San Francisco and Los Angeles over the next two months. Join me on facebook for all the details. I hope I see you there, Me
Submissions Needed. If you’d like a fresh look at your opening chapter or prologue, please email your submission to me re the directions at the bottom of this post. The Flogometer challenge: can you craft a first page that compels.....
Scoot on over to Timber, the official journal of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Colorado (Boulder), where Alexis Smith investigates the branches of Zawacki’s newest title, Videotape. In “How to Lens: Music as Mediator in Andrew Zawacki’s Videotape,” Smith begins with a quote from Zawacki, and then moves on to [...]
Martin Amis' fictionalized Auschwitz novel, 'The Zone of Interest', faces challenges in finding a publisher. News by Peter Derk When you tell people that a new novel, a dark comedy set in a fictional Auschwitz, had trouble finding aShow More Summary
Get yourself right here to the web presence of BOMB Magazine, where San Diego-based poet and writer, Paola Capó-García, interviews Joe Wenderoth on the occasion of his newest collection of poems: If I Don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep (Wave Books, 2014). PCG There’s a lot of attention in this collection being paid to playing [...]
The publishing industry is a complicated legal beast. We've discussed copyright before, and this month, we look at what trademarks are and how you use them. Column by Jessica Meddows Some good friends of mine run a popular blog. It’s a hobby for them, but a successful hobby that they’ve worked hard at over the years. Show More Summary
We have been writing Steampunk since 2009; and even after five years, we still face the question of the ages: What is steampunk? Perhaps a lazy, shallow way to look at the genre is to simply call it “Victorian Science Fiction” and that be the end of it. Show More Summary
Susan Gevirtz is interviewed for the Culture section of SF Weekly: ” I’ve always lived a little in the turn-of-the-century or had a fascination for that time. And the pogrom trauma and the immigration and much else is alive in my cells — I contend with it. We all are contending in this way I [...]
A short meandering treatise on the possibilities and potentials of the human race. Review by Dean Fetzer Bookshots: Pumping new life into the corpse of the book review Title: Metamorphosis Who wrote it? Mosley’s narrative wanders between...Show More Summary
You know you’ve made it when…The New Directions blog gets an annotated look at Ben Lerner’s bedside table! Sorry, nightstand! The favorites are: “My sense of the possibilities of language is so inextricable from the New Directions list that I find it almost impossible to pick favorites.” Wait, hang on: Rosmarie Waldrop – Curves to [...]
“Choosing anonymity is choosing irrelevance.” Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, author of The New Digital Age. Today’s guest is Carole Jelen, an author, former publishing editor, and literary agent for Waterside Productions....Show More Summary