Posts tagged ‘literature’

July 20, 2010

Why I won’t be buying an “e-reader”

WITH A TITLE LIKE that you’re probably expecting some Luddite screed from a hopeless romantic who somehow managed to mislay his ticket for the high-tech express. But this will be nothing of the sort. Like many, perhaps most contributors to this site, I basically live online. Without computers and the Internet I would not be able to earn a living and inform myself. Nor am I against electronic reading devices per se. In fact, I would be very interested in a device that would facilitate my reading of blogs, online newspaper and magazine articles, Wikipedia, reference works, data banks etc. In other words: I would use it to manage the ephemeral substance of which the Internet is made…

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January 13, 2010

Sarah Palin and me: Confessions of a small press YA author

FORGET COLUM MCCANN, FORGET Elizabeth Strout – although how can you forget them if you’ve never heard their names before?1 The real publishing story of 2009 was Sarah Palin and her memoir, Going Rogue. And what a story it was! Four hundred pages in a mere four months of writing, a seven million dollar advance, a first printing of 1.5 million copies, and a twenty-five state “Going Rogue” tour by specially retrofitted bus and chartered Gulfstream jet. Now that’s what I call a book tour!

Good for Sarah – and good for Stephenie Meyer, J.K. Rowling,  and anyone else who can pull off such a feat, however they manage it. But where does that leave the rest of us wordsmiths, who struggle almost or equally as hard as the A-list champions but never remotely approach their success? Sitting around wondering what the hell we’re doing, that’s where.

I really shouldn’t complain. I write young adult novels under a pseudonym. I’ve published five of them since 1999, when I abandoned the stuffy seminar rooms of academia in order to become the cool freelancer and fiction writer I had dreamed of becoming ever since age twelve. It took me a few years, but I finally taught myself to write the kind of books I love to read and eventually found a publisher…

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