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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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?
posted by lynnie-the-pooh
on Dec 15, 2013 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Has anyone come across a Really Big List of [Author-/Poet-/Filmmaker-/Artist-/Musician-] Librarians? [more inside]
posted by activitystory
on Mar 27, 2012 -
Who are good candidates for reasonably being labelled "The Brazilian Shakespeare"? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh
on Feb 21, 2012 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Internet estate curation, or: How to get a better biography of an author "out there"? [more inside]
posted by progosk
on Aug 30, 2011 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
What is your favorite travel book/essay/blog? Who are your favorite travel writers? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur
on Oct 29, 2010 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -