Want to Write? First, Find Someone Who Cares

In English Language by Guest Contributor

• Today is the start of NaNoWriMo — National Novel Writing Month — when writers are asked to produce a 50,000-word work in one month. • Author Drew Smith writes about tools you can use to help yourself motivated, including an “Accountabilibuddy” — someone to monitor your productivity. By Drew Smith The easiest thing about being a writer is not writing. …

Could Online Writing Communities Replace Creative Writing Programs?

In English Language by Guest Contributor

• Quillant.com, an online writing community based in the UK launched two months ago • Chris Vannozzi, a co-founder of Quilliant.com discusses the role online communities can play in developing talent for the traditional publishing industry By Chris Vannozzi LONDON: Two months ago we launched Quilliant.com , a new online writing community that aims to recreate the classic writing group …

Who Really Benefits from the Growth in MFAs?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the creation of Quilliant.com — a new online writing community in the UK — and asks if such communities could replace creative writing programs. In 1990, there were perhaps a few dozen creative writing programs in the United States. Today, there are more than 300 such programs granting Masters of Fine Arts degrees. …

So Many “Friends,” So Little Friendship: Authors Discuss Mingling Social Media, Self-Promotion and Real Life

In English Language by Rachel Aydt

• Today, authors are compelled to constantly self-promote, but the practice isn’t always pleasant or appropriate. • What happens when the intimacy of the typically quiet writer’s life, and the nature of real friendship, blends with the public persona of our professional selves online? By Rachel Aydt “My original goal with Facebook was to use it as a marketing tool,” …

What Are Your Tips for Appropriate Social Networking Self-promotion?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at what happens when authors mix online self-promotion with their real-life friendships. These days it’s typical to find authors and publishers exploiting their online networks to promote their latest work. On a given day you might find a post about someone’s cat, their child’s victory over a school bully, and a plug for …

A Report from Italy’s Unique “Women’s Fiction Festival”

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Beate Boeker The seventh Women’s Fiction Festival (WFF) took place in Matera, Italy, from Sept. 23rd to Sept. 26th, 2010. Matera is located in the south, roughly where you’d expect the Achilles heel in the boot-like shape of Italy. The meetings are held in the historical Sassi district, a town set like a honeycomb into stone, remarkable enough to …

Can Fiction Be Trusted to Tell the Truth?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story, José Rodrigues dos Santos discusses the complicated relationship between truth and fiction, in both journalism and novels. He argues in favor of using “the best tool available” to get closest to the truth. His new novel, The Einstein Enigma, imagines the discovery of a heretofore unknown manuscript by Albert Einstein, titled simply, Die Gottesformel: The God …

Is Having Children an Unexpected Path to Publishing Success?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the success Mark Garcia-Prats’ mother found as an author in the midst of raising ten sons. While this story may seem extraordinary, it’s not unusual to find that authors have found the focus a child brings to a household is helpful to their writing. Think of Toni Morrison who forced herself to wake …

Does the Book Biz Set Up Second Books to Fail?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story recounts the travails of various authors, agents and editors in dealing with selling, writing and publishing second books. It’s long been held that a “second book jinx” exists. Do you think it’s true? Personally, I have several friends who have struggled with their second books. But the reason has as much to do with …