Literary agent Kristin Nelson on what she looks for in a potential author’s social media presence
Read the rest of the interview over at Scratch Magazine!
So good: ”The Making of Narrative Non-fiction: From Idea to Best Seller” featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist and the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration Isabel Wilkerson.
"There’s a part of your reading life when you don’t know enough to be a snob. So you read The Bluest Eye, and then you read Archie Comics, and then you read Philip K. Dick, and then you read The Firm, and then you read The Sound and the Fury, and then you put it down because you don’t understand what the fuck it’s saying. At the same time you’re reading Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, and you still have a little crush on Ramona Quimby, but you’re also reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being because your sister gave it to you and said it’s about sex. There are just no boundaries between high and low and genre and literary, and it’s great. It’s only later that you start saying, “Oh, I never read that.” Well, bullshit. Of course you read it. And you liked it, too. I liked all those books."
-author Daniel Alarcon, interviewed by David Burr Gerrard in Full Stop
June 4th, 1963
Patricia Marx and author William Golding discuss his development as a writer and the impetus behind his great literary text, Lord of the Flies.
(Photo: William Golding - October 6, 1983. Dutch National Archives)
From the archives of WNYC
"Literature takes a habit of mind that has disappeared. It requires silence, some form of isolation, and sustained concentration in the presence of an enigmatic thing." - Philip Roth
“If anyone’s watching me and my partner in our apartment with its oversized windows, when we forget to close the curtains, I say let them look, imperfections and all, the fights and fragments, the real tenderness, the laughter, the love, especially that. We have nothing to hide.”
The first best thing about this is that it’s a Norman Rush manuscript page with Elsa Rush’s edits on it. The second best thing about it is that the Times called it “norman-rush-manuscript-superJumbo.jpeg.” You should read the profile of Rush if only to know once and for all that Norman and Elsa talk like just like a Rush novel.
And the link to the profile is here.
From Ellis Avery’s Facebook page:
Coming this fall! COMMIT TO YOURSELF: a creative writing workshop
Thursday nights, 7-9pm, for eight weeks, starting 9/12
$450, $400 if you register before 9/6
West Village, NYC
Love to write? This is your chance to make it a priority!
Share your work and receive generous, clear-eyed feedback, nurturing support, and a little bit of anti-procrastinatory ass-kicking in an intimate (7 students max), respectful, creative community environment. Re-ignite your fiction and creative non-fiction now!
The only writer ever to have received the American Library Association Stonewall Award for Fiction twice, instructor Ellis Avery is the author of two novels and a memoir. Her novels, THE LAST NUDE (Riverhead 2012) and THE TEAHOUSE FIRE (Riverhead 2007) have also received Lambda, Ohioana, and Golden Crown awards, and her work has been translated into six languages. She teaches writing at Columbia University and out of her home in the West Village. To register: email@example.com.
Ellis is also available for one-on-one manuscript consultation, $80/hour. Details and references available on request.
author Jo Chumas quoted in my Publishers Weekly article “Amazon Discovers New Voices”
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