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Places to Go, Stories to Read…Your Weekend Headlines!

So we’re passing along publishing industry, book-related, and reader/writer-friendly articles that we feel are of note, and well, just plain entertaining. From agents seeking submissions, to character-building advice from industry professionals, we’ve got a story here for everyone.

So pour a fresh cup of coffee, make yourself at home and take some time to explore. You might learn something new!



Tune in Next Week: The curious staying power of the cliffhanger by  Emily Nussbaum: “…Cliffhangers are the point when the audience decides to keep buying—when, as the cinema-studies scholar Scott Higgins puts it, “curiosity is converted into a commercial transaction.” They are sensational, in every sense of the word. Historically, there’s something suspect about a story told in this manner, the way it tugs the customer to the next ledge. Nobody likes needy.”


In The E-Book World, Are Book Covers A Dying Art? by NPR STAFF: “In the olden days, a reader might pick up a book because the cover was exciting, intriguing, maybe even beautiful. But in the brave new world of e-books and e-readers, the days when an artist named Chip Kidd could make us reach for a book may be gone.”


First Known Use Of OMG In Letter To Winston Churchill by The Huffington Post Via Letters Of Note by way of BuzzFeed: “From the looks of this, Lord Fisher may have been the world’s first teenage girl. Did he ever meet a sentence he couldn’t end in an exclamation point?”


Edith Wharton in Vogue Magazine by Ciao Domenica’s Sunday Taylor: “The September Issue of Vogue Magazine has just hit the stands and it includes a fascinating essay on Edith Wharton written by Colm Toibin and a gorgeous photo spread by Annie Leibovitz shot at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Massachusetts.”


“A Right Fit”: Navigating the World of Literary Agents by MICHAEL BOURNE: “If it sounds like I’m saying, “It’s all about who you know,” that’s because that is exactly what I’m saying. You can rail about how unfair that is, and how it makes publishing into an incestuous little club, and to a degree you would be right. But that’s the way the machine is built, people.”


QUESTIONS TO ASK (& STRENGTHEN) YOUR MINOR CHARACTERS by Brian A. Klems: “Supporting characters better our understanding of the main character and the circumstances she finds herself in, whether long-term (I need to solve this homicide case) or short-term (I need a ham sandwich). And if your supporting characters aren’t working toward an understanding of the main character or situation in some way, you might ask yourself what they’re really doing there, hogging time and space in your book.”


What Makes Bad Writing by CYNTHIA CROSSEN: “A few weeks ago, I was reading “People Who Eat Darkness” by Richard Lloyd Parry and came to this sentence on page three: “Exhausted tubes of toothpaste curl on the edges of the sink, sodden lumps of soap drool in the floor of the shower.” My heart sank. I couldn’t read a whole book written with such strained, anthropomorphic racket. Unless Mr. Parry calmed down, which in the end he mostly did, I would not be able to finish this otherwise absorbing story.”


Join the Conversation! Which Stories Stood Out the Most to You? Have a story/article of your own you’d like to share? Post a link in the comments! 

Patricia Yager Delagrange - August 18, 2012 - 10:18 am

Wow! That post by Michael Bourne is enough to make me cry! It’s all in who you know if you want to be traditionally published. Very revealing. And a lot scary!

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