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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

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

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

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

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

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

Statutory Confession?

Bookfilter: Trying to remember the name of this crime novel about a 17 year old girl who poisoned and eventually killed her talented sister for attention. [more inside]
posted by karminai on Jul 23, 2010 - 4 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

Can't remember book title/author

I'm looking for a book I read in year 6 (1995), and I loved, but can't remember much about it. I think it was "world of O", or "secret of O", or something along those lines, but searches on that don't come up with hits on Google or Amazon. I remember that on the cover, the O had a sinuous line through it (like the yin/yang symbol), and there was a bit where the guy was given special gloves and socks that allowed him to cling on to a sheer cliff face (might have been a deep hole instead, not sure). Does anyone recognise this book? Help appreciated :)
posted by Anon Ymous on Sep 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Are there successful multi-genre authors?

Are there any reasonably well-known (or even famous) writers who are truly multi-genre? [more inside]
posted by wackybrit on Nov 10, 2008 - 54 answers

What's a good gift for a first-time author?

My friend has her first novel coming out soon, and I want to get her a neat present to celebrate her major-publisher, first-time author status. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by melodykramer on Jul 10, 2008 - 18 answers

I want to read stories or articles like those on 'This American Life'

I've been reading 'New Kings of Nonfiction' by Ira Glass and love it. I want to read more articles and books in this vein. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Feb 27, 2008 - 7 answers

Is dealing with a publisher worth it?

Should I bother with a publisher? How much do nonfiction authors make off a book deal these days? [more inside]
posted by antipasta_explosion on Feb 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Author Name Request - Jackie O's Cousin

In the 80s, I read a collection of books by a gentleman who was a cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. His last name was not Bouvier. The books were all set in the High Society 1920s-50s in New England/New York. The other major part that I remember is that the Brownstone style of housing was utilized extensively. One book had a picture of a house on the cover. [more inside]
posted by TauLepton on Nov 1, 2006 - 3 answers

Calling all friends of London bookshops and similar.

Author seeks London venue for Neutral Milk Hotel reading in November. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by Scram on Oct 2, 2006 - 18 answers

Help on finding an obscure book

I'm looking for help in finding out who the author/publisher of a book called "The Camp" are [more inside]
posted by 543DoublePlay on Jun 19, 2006 - 2 answers

How do I promote this book online?

Creative ways to promote a self-published book online without spamming? (UK) [more inside]
posted by ClarissaWAM on Jun 19, 2006 - 5 answers

Name this author

Name the author and book... [more inside]
posted by DieHipsterDie on Mar 29, 2006 - 10 answers

Which famous sci-fi author wrote the worst book he could on a bet?

Which famous sci-fi author bet another author that if he wrote the worst book he could, it would become a hit? [more inside]
posted by pornucopia on Mar 21, 2006 - 25 answers

New author please!

Help me find a new author in the style of Patricia Cornwell, Iain Banks, Christopher Brookmyre, Ian Rankin etc. [more inside]
posted by Leud on Jun 28, 2005 - 13 answers

Getting published...

What is the process for getting a book published? [more inside]
posted by Rothko on Apr 24, 2005 - 7 answers

Children's Books Illustrated by Photos of Dolls Acting Out Story

Need to know the author of some pretty well known children's books...(+) [more inside]
posted by fabesfaves on Feb 16, 2005 - 5 answers

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