This is gonna be quick and dirty this week ’cause I’m heading to the homeland for dominoes with my daddy, biscuits and sausage gravy, some John 3:16 Pizza (I don’t know the real name, but it’s a great pizza joint with Bible verses on the wall), and all the State Fair food I can fit in my mouth.
Here are your links:
- Courtney Summers offers advice for debut novelists who find themselves feeling a little lost and lonely after the launch party and release buzz is gone.
- Sales figures for the novels long-listed for the Man Booker have caused some dismay and has people asking: What’s a good sales figure for any book?
- “Publishing, man, what are you gonna do?” Christa Desir recommends taking a step back to define what success means to you and how you want to make your mark.
- A mid-career, published author writes in to NY Mag to ask Polly, Should I Just Give Up on My Writing?
- Alexander Chee on the marketing problem facing authors today: “The cause of the ‘unlikable character’ has been popular to champion in recent years but as of this writing, there is no room for the ‘unlikable author.’ Perhaps until now. Because Elena Ferrante does not care if you want to be her friend. And it is, quite frankly, exhilarating to watch. Or, to not watch.”