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Serial Thoughts on Fiction Serials
raised the subject of serializing fiction last
time, pointing out that The Wall Street journal was publishing a
fiction serial. Fantasy heavyweight, Tad Williams has launched
a serial fiction project of his own. He says his project is not an ebook
but, instead, something akin to a television series. He invites his
readers to play many parts in the project. They can be fan, reading
audience member, focus group participant or story developer. Publishing
is evolving as the new millennium begins. Check out Williams' Shadowmarch.
Is It Autobiographical Then, Ms. Author?
Kureshi offended some people very close to him with his novel Intimacy
. Madeline O'Dea shows Kureshi has always written personal
fiction. But Intimacy, "the best thing Kureishi has ever written,"
drew vitriolic comment from reviewers aware of how closely its subject
matter reflected recent events in Kureshi's life... More
Who Said Publishers Don't Want Short Stories?
Nell Freudenberger, an assistant at the New Yorker, has secured a US$100,000 two book deal for a yet to be written short story collection and novel on the strength of one story in the magazine's "Debut Fiction" issue. But wait, there's more! She turned down a $500,000 two book deal to work with the editor of her choice.
know: it is either encouraging or enraging depending on whether one's
glass is half empty or half full. Anyway. Have you checked out the bestseller
list s lately? Jhumpa Lahiri's Pulitzer price winning collection of
stories, Interpreter of Maladies, is a regular feature in the
top tens. And Fraudenberger is not the first New Yorker debutante to
secure a lucrative two book deal 2E.. More
An Epublishing Lead: Anyone Got a Soapbox?
Many writers tar epublishing with the same scornful brush that they take to vanity publishing. Those of you who spend time in the WritersNet forums will know what I mean. I think they are making a mistake. The jury isn't out on epublishing; you could say, they haven't even begun to hear testimony.
All writers should be keeping a close eye on developments. Not least, because the signs are that epublishing will offer a higher proportion of sales receipts from books. The revolution is coming.
Well, watching the epublishers just got easier. As of this Monday, you can visit one site for a comprehensive overview of the epublishing world. Ebookweb.org descends from Ebooknet.com and, like it, is a creation of Glenn Sanders and Wade Roush. Gemstar backed Ebooknet, after the usual Internet mergers and acquisitions story. But Gemstar pulled the financial plug after the site failed to be sufficiently pro their eBook platform. Sponsors of, new ly launched, Ebookweb accept that the editors of the site retain complete editorial independence.
Visit http://www.ebookweb.org to inform yourself about epublishing. Sanders and Roush are passionate advocates of epublishing. So, pack a grain of skeptics salt when you visi t the site but you will leave better informed.
The WritersNet Forum Word on Writing
What are they talking about in the WritersNet forums? Well...
Agents Recommend Legit Editors for Legit Reasons
The Crooked and the Incompetent
and Sheilas in Dialogue?"
with distractions that keep you from writing?
Something to try at home
Visit the Guardian Newspaper's online book section - a cyber place that is worth visiting often. Have a loo k at their collection of first chapters.The index page of the collection offers an opportunity to compare the way authors begin books:
Words on the Web
They are talking about writing and books all over the Web. Here are some snippets of an ongoing conversation:
don't need to suffer:
words Across the pond:
Tasini vs. The New York Times saga continues:
The NWU version of ongoing events: http://www.nwu.org/tvt/tvthome.htm
summarized things soon after the event:
Writer, Dan Fost
wrote some pieces for the NYT in the early 90's. He is considering his
Chainstores Good not Bad:
Better Press Releases:
interview not a plug:
not another interview:
is parody plagiarism?
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