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How do I get google to distinguish me from another author?

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...
posted by Victorian Gal on Jun 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Is/Was Amos Oz speaking recently in New York City?

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?
posted by Jahaza on May 30, 2014 - 2 answers

What should a children's book author's website contain?

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.
posted by herda05 on May 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me build a diaspora/immigrant experience lifetime to-read list

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.
posted by mostly vowels on May 17, 2014 - 15 answers

Cool, modern, trustworthy site to sell articles from

I want to sell what I write as a 'packaged' article or essay. Best spots to do this? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Apr 4, 2014 - 11 answers

Surf and Turf

What's this literary novel about a woman falling in love with a sea creature? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Feb 6, 2014 - 6 answers

Fiction author interviews

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!
posted by bananafish on Feb 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me educate myself in the philosophical side of environmentalism

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]
posted by Scientist on Jan 24, 2014 - 15 answers

magical realism/surreal books by women

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 !
posted by dysh on Dec 29, 2013 - 43 answers

What book is similar to "Number the Stars" for my 9 year old?

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.
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Dec 15, 2013 - 42 answers

Publishing contract with a new publishing house

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]
posted by I have no idea on Nov 28, 2013 - 4 answers

Wanted: Erudite, epigrammatic writers of easily-digested essays.

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.
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 31, 2013 - 24 answers

Unsung Short Story Masters

I want to know about that favorite short story writer of yours that no one else has ever heard of. [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Sep 13, 2013 - 42 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

Looking for a new author

I'm looking for an author who writes long books with engaging characters, intricate plots, preferably in first person.
posted by GnomeChompsky on Jul 19, 2013 - 15 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

Documentaries and other films about writers, libraries and books wanted!

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]
posted by Frowner on Jan 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Just between me and a million of my closest friends

Is there often public and legal backlash against authors who write confessional stories? How well do audiences typically receive confessional stories? [more inside]
posted by Knigel on Apr 7, 2012 - 9 answers

Blank-librarians

Has anyone come across a Really Big List of [Author-/Poet-/Filmmaker-/Artist-/Musician-] Librarians? [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Mar 27, 2012 - 4 answers

The Shakespeare of Brazil...

Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Feb 21, 2012 - 5 answers

Sci-fi written by women in the 2000s?

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?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Feb 20, 2012 - 38 answers

You'll actually see this one in your local bookstore

In the post-printed-book era, how has distribution to bookstores changed? Indie author seeks distribution across the world! [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Feb 13, 2012 - 3 answers

Recommend the best books about sports.

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]
posted by MoonOrb on Feb 1, 2012 - 15 answers

Need Short Story to Write About

Need recommendations for a good literary short story (or two) on which to write a 1200-1500ish word paper. [more inside]
posted by Gymnopedist on Jan 28, 2012 - 24 answers

Films with Writers as Protagonists

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]
posted by lrnarabic on Jan 8, 2012 - 35 answers

Internet estate curation?

Internet estate curation, or: How to get a better biography of an author "out there"? [more inside]
posted by progosk on Aug 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.

What notable "creative types" started out late in the game? [more inside]
posted by Vrai on Jul 5, 2011 - 34 answers

Ebooks for Charity

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]
posted by Monkeyzulu on Jun 30, 2011 - 5 answers

Novels for Nature Nuggets

BookFilter: Seeking recommendations for book-club-type novels or short story collections about nature and the outdoors. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 27, 2011 - 27 answers

Ebooks Writers

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!
posted by Monkeyzulu on Jun 23, 2011 - 8 answers

Writing against one's own inclinations

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]
posted by MShades on May 27, 2011 - 26 answers

Meta-book-ID please!

What is the title or author of this older fiction book? The main character says "Well!" throughout it. [more inside]
posted by magnoliasouth on Apr 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Questions about researching a novel

What interesting questions would you ask of a panel of writers on the subject of researching a novel? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Mar 31, 2011 - 11 answers

Adventure/speculative fiction writers who have Lived.

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]
posted by jetsetlag on Feb 25, 2011 - 18 answers

Which authors are known for their places?

What authors write about particular places? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Feb 22, 2011 - 64 answers

Help me find new mystery authors.

I've read everything by my favorite mystery authors. Help me find new favorites! [more inside]
posted by Daily Alice on Jan 26, 2011 - 61 answers

eBooks publishing model?

Publishing Industry aficionados: How does a copyrighted classic book become an eBook? [more inside]
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Jan 7, 2011 - 3 answers

88 Lines about 44 Books? Or something like that.

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]
posted by redsparkler on Nov 17, 2010 - 60 answers

Full, well-rounded characters in American fiction

What contemporary American authors of literary fiction are considered masters of creating compelling, multi-dimensional characters? [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty on Nov 3, 2010 - 17 answers

Who are your favorite travel writers?

What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Oct 29, 2010 - 30 answers

Obscure Authors, Later Famous?

Who are now-famous authors who died while they were still obscure? [more inside]
posted by estlin on Oct 28, 2010 - 42 answers

Help a picky reader find more authors

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]
posted by hopeless romantique on Sep 3, 2010 - 48 answers

Aleksandar Hemon and other former Yugoslavia authors

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]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Aug 15, 2010 - 1 answer

writing that's direct, morally complex, and personal at the same time

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]
posted by TayBridge on Jan 29, 2010 - 46 answers

What questions to ask first-time authors?

I belong to a mystery writers club and I have been asked to moderate a panel in February. On the panel will be three mystery authors who have just recently published their first books. If you were in the audience what questions or topics would you (as a reader, aspiring writer or published writer) like the panel to cover?
posted by storybored on Jan 21, 2010 - 10 answers

If you like Orhan Pamuk....

What author would you recommend to an individual whose favorite writer is Orhan Pamuk but who has already read all of his available works in English?
posted by Morrigan on Jan 3, 2010 - 5 answers

Help me identify this story.

Please help me remember the title and author of a short story I read maybe 15 years ago. A handicapped woman, living with her sister and her sister's family, sees a man in church she feels quite sure is the devil. In order to get away from him, she struggles to regain the physical independence she had given up. (She had gone into a wheelchair because walking was possible, but too painful.) She does manage to become self-sufficient enough to move out on her own--and then wonders if it was worth it, after all. I am almost sure the author was Italian. Can anyone help?
posted by uans on Nov 16, 2009 - 0 answers

Perhaps a chair coated with glue?

With NaNoWriMo looming ever nearer, I would like to hear your best tips, tricks, habits, and techniques for staying chained to the keyboard. [more inside]
posted by BitterOldPunk on Oct 22, 2009 - 26 answers

Are there any authors like Cormac McCarthy?

Which author comes closest to Cormac McCarthy? [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Oct 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Short passages of particularly strong or weak nonfiction prose?

In search of short passages of especially strong or weak nonfiction prose! [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Oct 17, 2009 - 8 answers

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