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louise-marley's picture
Jun.12.2009
I love Amazon's Kindle, I admit it.  It's so easy to use, and even late at night, I'm never out of something to read if I can get a radio signal to download a new book.  But the Kindle bypasses brick-and-mortar bookstores.  As Michael Powell, of the venerable and quite wonderful Powell's Books of...
louise-marley's picture
Jun.11.2009
Wouldn't we all like to know what literary agents are really thinking?  Mine is always so nice to me, I sometimes suspect he's protecting me from harsh reality.  The agent of a friend of mine, on the other hand, is so blunt with her that, if he were my own agent, I would probably turn up my toes...
gerard-jones's picture
Jun.09.2009
The San Francisco Chronicle just finished a 144-day retrospective of its first 144 years. It was fascinating and fun, but it also begged a question: why celebrate 144 years? Why not wait for 150? Is there some special, local significance to 144? No. It's just that the Chronicle may not survive...
aberjhani's picture
Jun.08.2009
I've been lucky enough and survived long enough to share pages, via such outlets as anthologies and magazines, with some fairly extraordinary company, including luminous folks like Amiri Baraka, Pearl Cleage, Sean "Puffy" Combs, the singer Maxwell, Eugene Redmond, Kalamu ya Salaam, Susan...
josie-brown's picture
Jun.08.2009
It's being published by Simon & Schuster. I'm thrilled, as you can imagine. Let's start with the fact that I'm enchanted with my editor, Megan McKeever. The excitement she and her team have for this project is an author's dream. And just think: this time next year, it will be on a bookstore...
louise-marley's picture
Jun.08.2009
For a comparatively slow writer like me, trying to make a little extra on reprints is a really good idea.  I more or less stumbled on the fact that Cricket Magazine takes reprints, and so I tried them with a young adult fantasy story I had published in an anthology.  After many, many months--in...
gregory-wilson's picture
Jun.02.2009
Part of the mythology surrounding writing involves the endgame: some day, not so many years from now, we'll wake (around noon, perhaps 1 on a Sunday) from a pleasant dream of sympathetic Muses and adoring publicists, rise from our silk-sheeted bed and lazily wander to our marble-tiled bathroom. A...
louise-marley's picture
Jun.02.2009
As a writer, I would much prefer not to have to worry about these things.  I would love to be such a blockbuster author that I could expect my people to do the worrying.  As that is not (yet) the case, though, I've been trying to keep my finger on publishing's pulse, so I have some idea what will...
louise-marley's picture
Jun.01.2009
The report from Book Expo shows only one increase in sales:  those for electronic readers.  This causes a ripple of unease among the die-hard paper book fans, of course.  The New York Times ran an article just last week by someone complaining about the future of literature in an electronic age. ...
michael-thomas-ford's picture
May.31.2009
I used to answer Godzilla's fan mail. It was my first job, and I wasn't hired to answer Godzilla's fan mail, I just kind of fell into it. I was actually hired as an editorial assistant at a children's books publisher. We published books for the school library market. One of the series was based...