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dale-estey's picture
Aug.22.2011
One lives in hope. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Big-League Payday Debut novels are big business again. But what are publishers shelling out for? By Boris Kachka (Photo: Beowulf Sheehan) Poor, lucky Henry Skrimshander: The rangy, corn-fed hero of The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach’s debut novel...
dale-estey's picture
Jul.15.2011
A draft of Jane Austen's novel The Watsons, which was written in about 1804 and sold at Sotheby's for almost £1m. Photograph: Sothebys/EPA Jane Austen manuscript auctioned for almost £1mBodleian library at Oxford University buys fragments of unfinished novel The Watsons that reflect author's wit...
dale-estey's picture
Jul.12.2011
It was midday on a Monday in early August of the year 2000 and the bidding on my first novel had reached six figures, then paused for people to track down more cash. I was 32. I’d never made over $12,000 in a year. by Alex Shakar 1.“We’re closing in on a deal,” my agent told me on the phone.  “I’m...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.15.2011
Here is a further article about the renovated and re-opened Alchemist's Lane in Prague Castle. I note the comment about Kafka. Almost true - in substance at any rate. But . . .  Kafka did not really come to visit his sister (though he might have a few times). His sister, Ottla, rented this tiny...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.13.2011
Revision Tips for Writers by Robert Lee Brewer  Around the end of last month, I posted about the importance of revision, but I didn't really share any revision techniques. This post should help remedy that deficiency. All writers have their own writing strengths and weaknesses. For instance, I tend...
larry-r-smith's picture
Jun.11.2011
Okay, we've made the commitment to make our services available to fellow writers. I've been editing manuscripts for over 20 years now and working with Susanna Sharp-Schwacke on layout and cover design for small presses. Many times we see a manuscript that has potential but would require hours and...
bob-mustin's picture
Jun.09.2011
My writing pal, Lyn, has taken to the YA (young adult) genre of writing, and once I'd read her edgy, complex novel manuscript of an abused teenager, I knew that, despite the near-cliche of abuse stories, she had a keeper. Her writing is inventive, and she delves deeply into the mind of not one, but...
dale-estey's picture
Jun.07.2011
I would ordinarily shy away from any author's "first"manuscript (including my own). However, when a luminary of Stephen Fry's magnitude vouches for the worth of the piece, my look is not quite as askance. However, it does put me in mind of the cartoon I once saw (I think in Playboy). A...
sharon-dwyer's picture
May.04.2011
In today's competitive world of publishing, I sometimes find the wait from completing a novel to being accepted by an agent or publisher more trying than writing a four-hundred page novel. As a writer, the story seems to runs straight from my mind to my fingers on a keyboard, sometimes faster than...
talia-carner's picture
May.04.2011
  Benjamin D'Israeli said, “When I want to read a good book, I write one.”  But even D'Israeli, I am sure, also read books written by others—and enjoyed them. As an author, I am often asked for books I’ve read and enjoyed. I am also asked to read works-in-progress. Unfortunately, I do more of the...