L.A. Kennedy

Beyond the story

It taNever mind newly minted corona lockdown stories, authors are frantically rewriting existing projects to reflect a world turned upside down by the pandemic – or shelving them indefinitely. Alison Flood Tom Watson, the former deputy leader of the Labour party, has been having a busy lockdown. Signed up to write a political thriller called …

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Sophie Mackintosh Huge deals and fairytales are sexy anomalies – almost all writers face setbacks, they’re an important part of the creative process If there’s any universal truth, it’s that rejection happens to all of us at some point – especially in publishing. Most writers have entertained at least one 3am fantasy about an editor …

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“Luckily for art, life is difficult, hard to understand, useless, and mysterious.” By Maria Popova “As a person she is tolerant and easygoing, as a user of words, merciless,” the editors of The Paris Review wrote in the introduction to their 1992 interview with poet, short story writer, educator, and activist Grace Paley (December 11, …

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From the “Writers on Writing” Column in the NYTimes By Richard Nordquist For almost a decade, the “Writers on Writing” column in The New York Times provided professional writers with an opportunity to “talk about their craft.” Two collections of these columns have been published: Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from The New York Times …

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Via Authors Guild The Authors Guild’s 2018 Author Income Survey, the largest survey of writing-related earnings by American authors ever conducted finds incomes falling to historic lows to a median of $6,080 in 2017, down 42 percent from 2009. The Authors Guild surveyed its membership and the members of 14 other writers organizations in 2018, …

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Will writing still be important in tomorrow’s creative landscape? Emily Warna Aside from speech, writing is the framework of our communication. Back in the day, we’d physically write to finish our homework. We’d write to our friends and family via a postcard. We’d write a shopping list and attach it to our trolley. Now, we …

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Ewan Morrison Will books, as we know them, come to an end? Yes, absolutely, within 25 years the digital revolution will bring about the end of paper books. But more importantly, ebooks and e-publishing will mean the end of “the writer” as a profession. Ebooks, in the future, will be written by first-timers, by teams, …

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Via The Authors Guild The Authors Guild is appalled by the Internet Archive’s (IA) announcement that it is now making millions of in-copyright books freely available online without restriction on its Open Library site under the guise of a National Emergency Library. IA has no rights whatsoever to these books, much less to give them away …

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How are writers supposed to write settings when we’re supposed to stay at home? Christine Meade offer writing prompts and tips fro writing strong settings during social isolation. By: Christine Meade For fiction writers looking to stay productive during either self-imposed or voluntary social-distancing, it may seem a challenge to envision a setting beyond the …

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By: Orna Ross What is Self-Publishing 3.0? Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) founder Orna Ross explains the shift from the earliest iterations of self-publishing to today’s landscape with Self-Publishing 3.0. We are in the midst of a revolutionary shift in publishing—an era in which independent authors can work with greater agency than ever before. It …

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