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What other authors might I like?

I like Patricia Cornwell. I like Robin Cook. Who else might I like? [more inside]
posted by kathrynm on Aug 6, 2014 - 11 answers

The "Star Wars" of books, you might say

Are there any prominent examples of authors who wrote the middle book (or even the last book) in a trilogy first? Non-fiction preferred, but will take fiction examples, too.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Jun 20, 2014 - 16 answers

Article about news reflecting/pandering to audience, not owners

I could swear that in the last week or two there was a study that came out (by an economist I think, and it had won a prize - Nobel maybe or Pulitzer or something) about how the news is influenced by its audience more than by its owners. But I cannot find this article anywhere or remember the name of the study's author. Any ideas?
posted by yeahyeahyeah on May 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Can you complete this poem?

When I was a kid I had a book in which there was a poem that started 'A slug-a-bed snuggled in somnolent sloom / When a sobersides slithered right into the room'. I've searched the web for the rest of the poem and while I can find some of the verses I can't locate the whole thing. There was a substance called 'slibber sauce' involved, I remember that, but because none of the online versions mention it I know they can't be the poem in its entirety. Can anyone help? And who was the poem written by?
posted by zozimus on Mar 4, 2014 - 8 answers

Does buying the Kindle Edition count towards bestseller lists?

An old friend put out her first book, and I want to pre-order it, but I also want to help it "pop." If I buy the Kindle Edition instead of the hardcover, will it still maximally count for the popularity trackers like NYTimes bestsellers and Amazon Best Of, or whatever? Or is that too "new media"?
posted by tintexas on Feb 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Gift for an aspiring children's author

I want to get my friend a gift who would like to write books for children. But I don't know what would be a cool gift. What would you get an aspiring author? [more inside]
posted by Attackpanda on Dec 27, 2013 - 6 answers

I need help identifying a Japanese author/filmmaker!

I need help recall the name of a Japanese author and/or filmmaker. The one detail I remember is that during WWII he was a boy working in a factory that was firebombed. In order to survive, he and the other boys fought to get under one another as the building came down around them in flames. Does anyone know who this might be? I'm stumped and so is Google . . .
posted by Quaversalis on Nov 12, 2013 - 2 answers

To Self-publish, or (try) to Publish... and I'm a snowflake

I am writing a guidebook for my industry and while I want to catch some of the increase in reputation that comes from going through a real publisher, I also pretty much want to give it away (electronically but also in hard copy as gifts for clients etc) to as many people as possible. Is there a way to achieve both of those goals? Published by an independent, real publisher, printed for those that want to pay, and those I am willing to pay for, and free for me to distribute as much as I want?
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on Oct 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Please help me remember the title of this book

I read a book in 2006 or 2007. I believe it had just come out. It was a compilation of chapters by accomplished female authors; I think largely chick-lit authors. It was sort of quarter-life crisis type of book. I specifically remember one chapter by a woman who broke up with her boyfriend repeatedly, and then he died. Her friends remarked that if she had married him line he wanted, she'd be a widow and she said she would rather have been his widow than be his nothing. Is there anyone else on earth, or on AskMe who's read this book and can help me out with a title, author, or editor?
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper on Sep 12, 2013 - 2 answers

Depictions of Children's Street Culture in Fiction and Nonfiction

Please recommend fiction and nonfiction novels which depict folklore and mythology created by children who are free of adult supervision and authority. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Sep 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Website for murder methods?

I remember years ago hearing about a book which explained different methods of murder and poisoning. It listed methods of killing people, and methods of maiming or poisoning people, along with symptoms. It was aimed, of course, at authors who write murder mysteries. [more inside]
posted by LauraJ on Jun 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Trying to find a short story about an alien and bacterial mind control.

I recall reading a short story featuring a eco friendly alien or superhero driving a car or spaceship covered in plants and fueled by water. [more inside]
posted by j03 on Jun 7, 2013 - 1 answer

The perils of listening to your readers

A while ago I read an essay/article/rant online re a fantasy author / series and I'd like to read it again but google is failing me because I can't remember any specifics. [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Apr 23, 2013 - 2 answers

Recalling a book title and author

I read a novel when I was in high school that was written I think back in the seventies or maybe the sixties. I have been trying for awhile now to remember the title and the author. I've done some searches, but I can't narrow down my search terms to where I can get search results that would be helpful. Please help me remember! [more inside]
posted by Fukiyama on Apr 18, 2013 - 2 answers

True Author Revenue Share on Amazon

I recently read a blog post / article written by a best-selling Amazon author who noted that after all of Amazon's small print, he was only getting about 20% revenue share on the sale of his work (comparable to the traditional publishing industry) rather than Amazon's frequently lauded 70%. Can anyone find the post / article in question?
posted by whimsicalnymph on Apr 8, 2013 - 6 answers

What's the deal with programming author Yashavant Kanetkar?

This comment in a Hacker News thread introduced me to Yashavant Kanetkar. Apparently his C programming books are the worst of the worst. Yet somehow, the Indian education system uses his books pervasively. I tried to find out more about this guy and the controversy around him, but web searches turned up a flat nothing. Anyone read his books or know about the story?
posted by scose on Mar 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Will self-publishing adversely affect my chances of finding a publisher?

So, the book is done. Woo hoo! I intend to seek an agent and a publisher, but I would also like to self-publish a small quantity for friends and family. I'm also considering self-publishing a somewhat larger quantity for local distribution. Would doing either of these things adversely affect my chance of being picked up by a traditional publisher? Other considerations I could use help with: get an ISBN or not? E-publish? Any other guidance would be most appreciated!
posted by ecorrocio on Jan 21, 2013 - 13 answers

Book Reviews All The Way Down

"Book review" typically refers to the review of a single book. Is there a term for a single article that reviews the collective works of an author?
posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Nov 30, 2012 - 13 answers

HELP ME FIND THIS POET! someone was reading his or her book on the train this morning and i didn't get a chance to ask "Who is that author?"

HELP ME FIND THIS POET! someone was reading his or her book on the train this morning and i didn't get a chance to ask "Who is that author?" although i did glimpse some verse, enough to know that i want to read more. some of the lines i remember: "in order to be structurally sound you must subject yourself to measurement" and "there are gods here that love us, and they want us to fuck, are you ready? have i earned another story?" that second line is from a poem called "a guide for the world to begin." i've been looking online but i can't find anything. i hope this looks familiar to someone. i also noticed that at the end of a book there was a note describing how the author was using ideas from the traditional tarot card deck as inspiration.
posted by zdravo on Nov 16, 2012 - 2 answers

Looking for music book author Roger Edison

As a favor for a friend I'm trying to find contact information on Roger Edison, who has written or edited a number of guitar and music books for Alfred over the years. Most of his books are long out of print, unfortunately. Web searches have proven fruitless and I was unable to get anything useful from Alfred themselves. He has been producing books since at least the 70s but I've only actually been able to get my hands on one and there was no information on the author in it. Any pointers to either Edison himself or where I might want to look would be appreciated.
posted by tommasz on Nov 13, 2012 - 4 answers

Publishing my first novel - what should I be doing?

I just got an offer to publish my first novel. I know very little about the publishing industry and the business aspect of being an author. Help! [more inside]
posted by inire on Oct 22, 2012 - 13 answers

Actor portrayls of noted authors & or philosophers

After viewing the excellent "A Man for All Seasons" IMDb and the BBC's Kierkegaard - Sea of Faith YouTube I'm in want of viewing other portraryls of noted authors & philosphers. What are your recommendations? [more inside]
posted by MeatyBean on Oct 11, 2012 - 8 answers

That beautiful room? It's for you.

Name That Story/Author: Latina mother asks husband to build rooms for new babies. The last room--is special. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Sep 11, 2012 - 3 answers

RPG into book, laws and etiquette

What are the rules about creating a novel from a personal RPG? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2012 - 5 answers

How do I get WordPress authors to show on posts and not pages

WordPressFilter: How can I make a WordPress author have their name show up in the posts they make, but not the pages they make? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Aug 3, 2012 - 10 answers

Help me give my writers their due!

How do I ensure that the people who are contributing content to my site are getting enough credit? [more inside]
posted by thatbrunette on May 30, 2012 - 1 answer

What is this book?

BookFilter: This book had some futuristic name for Australia. What's the name of the book? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on May 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Work eight hours a day for ~$24 an hour, or two hours a day for ~$120 an hour...

Should I quit my job now that I am making more money as a self-published author? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2012 - 27 answers

Maybe something about curtains? Or fieldstone?

Can you find this essay on what writing is like? [more inside]
posted by Andrhia on Apr 13, 2012 - 2 answers

Keep me up at night!

Scare me please! I am looking for the scariest book out there. I have read most of Stephen King, The Exorcist, etc. But i want to find something new that will frighten me even more than the evening news...
posted by keep it tight on Feb 27, 2012 - 54 answers

Author, Author!

You all did such a great job of helping with my Black History Month question, that I am returning with another similar question about African American authors of fiction--specifically SF Bay Area-based, "classic", not controversial... [more inside]
posted by agatha_magatha on Feb 16, 2012 - 8 answers

Who is Weinberg?

Book-filter: Used to have a list of quotes by someone named "Weinberg". Predates Gerald Weinberg but many of he quotes were computer-related and from the '60s! Who is Weinberg? [more inside]
posted by Man with Lantern on Jan 20, 2012 - 5 answers

Who is the new Pope, same as the old Pope?

Who is the 21st Century Robert Anton Wilson? [more inside]
posted by wittgenstein on Jan 14, 2012 - 16 answers

What gritty crime fiction will I like?

If you've read (and love) a few of these authors, please recommend others I might like: James Lee Burke, James Crumley, George Pelecanos, Robert Crais, Dennis Lehane, (old) Michael Connelly. [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb on Jan 5, 2012 - 24 answers

Where did I read this short story about an alien abduction?

I am looking for the title and author of a short story about an alien abduction. The abduction itself was a major plot twist-- the story was about a farmer, but very abruptly, the farmer is abducted.
posted by jstef on Dec 15, 2011 - 1 answer

Word Counts by Author in Microsoft Word

Is there a way in microsoft word to count words by author (based on accepted revisions) in a final document?
posted by srboisvert on Dec 3, 2011 - 1 answer

Where best to write my fan letter to an author?

How best do I contact an (aged, not terribly well known) author? Via her publisher? Who do I address it to so it doesn't go straight in the bin? Are there any other ways? [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Nov 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Efficient support of the author

cstross! jscalzi! Other fiction authors! What's the most efficient or author-preferred way to spend a given amount of money on his/her books? [more inside]
posted by ROU_Xenophobe on Nov 10, 2011 - 11 answers

What will happen when I blatantly plagiarize Kafka's The Trial?

What will happen when I blatantly plagiarize Kafka's The Trial? [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Nov 9, 2011 - 20 answers

Anything but "Where do you get your ideas?"

Calling all Stephen King fans: If you could ask him a question, what would it be? Alternately, if you have heard a great question posed to an author, what was it, or what made it good? [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Sep 24, 2011 - 19 answers

Trying to remember where I read this...

I'm trying to remember where I would have read this. I remember a discussion of the omnipotence/omniscience of a writer in relation to his story world and its characters -- I think the book must have been about writing fiction. There was a particular example having to do with Time, and how a writer who is interrupted by a knock at the door leaves his character, who was about to sit down (or set the table or something), mid-sentence and in a state of limbo. Come to think of it, maybe this was about philosophy or theology... I may have gotten some/all of the details wrong. Any of that sound familiar?
posted by Cortes on Sep 20, 2011 - 10 answers

What's this movie?

Looking for a movie based on a book written by a child author in the nineteenth century possible called 'the young travellors' [sic] [more inside]
posted by soymilk on May 15, 2011 - 5 answers

Building a website for a professional writer

[WebdesignFilter]: Building a website for a professional writer and film critic. Just articles and stories, as Victorian as possible. Got a prototype ready and need feedback. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Apr 21, 2011 - 4 answers

A book about the tax man?

I've recently started using Kindle Direct Publish. During the signup process, they ask for all of my identifying information so that they can properly cut me a royalty check. What are, if any, my tax obligations? [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis on Apr 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Poorly misinformed character

Name book and character, where character associates being ill with being interesting. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Feb 25, 2011 - 24 answers

Searching for the writer of a half-remembered short story

Trying to find an author that wrote at least one story for the New Yorker perhaps 20 to 30 years ago, about being in the Marines, not fitting in somehow, getting a rifle butt to the temple, being discharged and suffering brain trauma. [more inside]
posted by $0up on Feb 4, 2011 - 5 answers

Can I turn this successful unpaid work into paid work?

Something I wrote is being published (with my permission, but unpaid), yet again. How do I turn this knack for writing in a conversational style into paid work? [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Dec 7, 2010 - 12 answers

List of famous authors-muses?

Can you help me compile a list of authors/muses? I am stuck after Dante-Beatrice, Petrarch-Laura, Henry-June, Kerouac-Cassady. Thank you!
posted by bukvich on Nov 15, 2010 - 26 answers

No, it wasn't The Bloody Chamber...

Yet another question about a book from one's childhood. Mission: Help me find this anthology of "bawdy" fairy tales. [more inside]
posted by kkokkodalk on Oct 30, 2010 - 10 answers

Save me from becoming an unflattering anecdote in his next book.

Next week, I have the opportunity to see one of my very favorite authors speak: Bill Bryson. I will also be attending a reception where he will be present, and should I have the opportunity to speak with him, I want to be armed with some great questions I can ask, lest I degenerate into the huge, slobbering fangirl that I am. [more inside]
posted by anderjen on Oct 25, 2010 - 19 answers

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