I have always been fond of writing poetry, but lately I seem to want to expand my writing craft towards short stories. I think the most notable clincher for writers to improve their overall craft is simply by reading voraciously; with an eclectic wide range of authors and literary works. What are some wonderful literary works, authors, playwrights, short stories, non-fiction, fantasy work, et cetera. Can you recommend for me? To further my own voice and writing craft. [more inside]
I'm always delighted when reading to discover that an author has subtly written their books into the same quasi-real-life universe. Help me find more examples! [more inside]
Reading this thread made me realize that I am completely unaware of the current state of SF/F. Who are some female SF/F authors from the last 15 years that you would recommend? [more inside]
I have a book signing coming up for my new novella. This is not my first signing. I feel I should write something more than "good reading" or "enjoy" and my signature. Other than those authors who know you and made a personal note, have you seen good book signing quotes? I won't be signing many so length (within reason) is not an issue. [more inside]
I am looking for a book series to get into that's easy and light, now that I have a kiddo. [more inside]
Wanted: female-authored mystery/thrillers in the same vein as Kate Atkinson & Tana French [more inside]
I'm an author with a google problem. I have the same name as another author (completely different genre, though) and if you google that name, my books show up alongside hers in search results. This has been a recurring problem for years, to the point where I'm planning on tweaking my name for my next book, but for now I'd just like our books not to be conflated. (Google also combines images of me and this other woman, although I'm not as concerned about that). I've tried reporting this issue to google, but so far haven't had much luck penetrating the bubble. Any tech-savvy people have ideas on how I can distinguish my work? Thanks in advance...
I thought I saw a recent announcement for a panel including Israeli author Amos Oz in New York City (perhaps as panel moderator). Now I can't remember where I saw it and Google hasn't been any help. Anyone know of a recent appearance in NYC or an upcoming one?
I'm building a website for my wife, who's written a half dozen children's books and is currently working to get them published. I've searched the web and looked at sites like Judy Bloom, Beverly Cleary, and currently reviewing this list of websites on pinterest. I'm hoping to get a list of things the hive mind thinks a children's author website should contain, outside of the obvious list like a page for the books, blog/news, and about the author.
After finishing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Americanah," and thinking about how I loved Zadie Smith's "White Teeth," and Hanif Kureishi's "Buddha of Suburbia," I'm finding I want to read more immigration/diaspora/post-colonial literature. Please help me build a lifetime reading list. All geographies welcome. I am very deliberately trying to read more women authors in 2014 and beyond, too.
I want to sell what I write as a 'packaged' article or essay. Best spots to do this? [more inside]
What's this literary novel about a woman falling in love with a sea creature? [more inside]
I very much love reading and listening to interviews of fiction authors. Right now my sources are Fresh Air, NPR books podcast, dianne Rehm, the Paris review, poets and writers, and on point. I would like recommendations for other sources. Thanks!
I'm a grad student in conservation biology who has always had a strong interest in conservation issues. However, I feel like the technical side of my education is much stronger than the philosophical side, and I want to restore that balance. Who should I read, what resources should I look into, what organizations or publications are out there that will help me gain a deeper understanding of the philosophical, historical, and cultural components of environmentalism? [more inside]
I love Kelly Link, Jeannette Winterson, Margaret Atwood, Karen Russell, and Aimee Bender. I would like to read more books like this. Women authors only please, and I'd also love to have more queer and of color authors in my library. Thanks !
My nine year old just read "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry. It is her first introduction to really high quality historical fiction. She is excited to read more books that teach her about history, but are also fun to read because they are fiction. Do you have any ideas about historical fiction books that are excellent quality like "Number the Stars" but that are age appropriate for my nine year old? Thank you.
A publishing house expressed interest in a story of mine but I know nothing about this side of writing and wanted some Meta Advice regarding royalties and rights. [more inside]
Who are some erudite, epigrammatic essayists? I'm not just looking for "good" essayists: self-consciously "refined" diction is a must, as is the propensity for epigrams. Examples of who I'm looking for include G. K. Chesterton, Mark Twain, Pauline Kael, Christopher Hitchens, Will Self, and Theodore Dalrymple.
I want to know about that favorite short story writer of yours that no one else has ever heard of. [more inside]
Please recommend fiction and nonfiction novels which depict folklore and mythology created by children who are free of adult supervision and authority. [more inside]
I'm looking for an author who writes long books with engaging characters, intricate plots, preferably in first person.
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?
I'm especially interested in films about writers of color and writers from the global south. Any kind of film is fine - need not be a documentary. But a progressive/radical/critical outlook is appreciated! Particularly looking for films that will appeal to an intelligent but not super-theorized audience - ie, that documentary about Derrida is not what we're looking for, and even the recent one about Zizek is an edge case. [more inside]
Is there often public and legal backlash against authors who write confessional stories? How well do audiences typically receive confessional stories? [more inside]
Has anyone come across a Really Big List of [Author-/Poet-/Filmmaker-/Artist-/Musician-] Librarians? [more inside]
Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
I'm looking for the best sci-fi and speculative fiction written by women in the past 10-or-so years. I don't care if it's hard or soft sci-fi, merely that it creates a realistic world and is well-written. If it helps, my favourite authors include Umberto Eco, Susanna Clarke, and George R. R. Martin. I'm still chewing through Perido Street Station, so I don't quite know if I like Mieville or not. Any recommendations?
In the post-printed-book era, how has distribution to bookstores changed? Indie author seeks distribution across the world! [more inside]
Seeking your top shelf recommendations for excellent books about sports. If you've read (and liked) David Halberstam, H.G. Bissinger, or John Feinstein, your recommendations are particularly helpful. Picky details below the fold. [more inside]
Need recommendations for a good literary short story (or two) on which to write a 1200-1500ish word paper. [more inside]
I'm looking for films that have writers as the protagonists. I find the films inspiring. My favorite thus far is The Tenants (2006), which stars Dylan McDermott and Snoop Dogg! Any ideas? Thanks in advance... [more inside]
Internet estate curation, or: How to get a better biography of an author "out there"? [more inside]
What notable "creative types" started out late in the game? [more inside]
Ok so I have asked a similar question recently but I wanted to be more specific to get some feedback from people. Thanks. [more inside]
BookFilter: Seeking recommendations for book-club-type novels or short story collections about nature and the outdoors. [more inside]
Hi I am starting a ebooks community site where people can submit their books and then we will publish and sell the books for the authors. I was wondering if anyone knew a good way to reach independent authors and how to market our site to them? We are looking for writers of self help, recipes, novels, and anything else. We really want to empower writers to get their stuff out their and to help them make some money in the process. Any help on how to find people like that would be much appreciated! Thanks!
Can anyone point me towards examples of authors (or other artists) who have produced work with a theme that runs contrary to their own established political or social views? [more inside]
What is the title or author of this older fiction book? The main character says "Well!" throughout it. [more inside]
What interesting questions would you ask of a panel of writers on the subject of researching a novel? [more inside]
I would like to read speculative and adventure fiction by authors with lots of life experience related to the stories they tell. Oh, they also have to write well. For bonus points: the experience shouldn't be in technology or military. [more inside]
What authors write about particular places? [more inside]
I've read everything by my favorite mystery authors. Help me find new favorites! [more inside]
Publishing Industry aficionados: How does a copyrighted classic book become an eBook? [more inside]
I'm looking for snippets of song lyrics that reference authors, books, or reading, and I'm looking for ones that can (more or less) stand on their own outside the context of the song. [more inside]
What contemporary American authors of literary fiction are considered masters of creating compelling, multi-dimensional characters? [more inside]
What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
Who are now-famous authors who died while they were still obscure? [more inside]
I have a very narrow taste in fiction, and I'm running out authors. Overall, I like how things are written more than what they say. But even given that, I'm terribly picky. Help me find more authors to love! [more inside]
I'm a big fan of the author Aleksandar Hemon, especially The Question of Bruno, and wondering what former Yugoslav authors he would have read growing up. [more inside]
There's no shortage of excellent "what to read" threads around here, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific. The tricky part is I'm looking for a style and a point of view, rather than a particular genre or subject. [more inside]