A great story from The Grey Lady profiles James Daunt, the guy who’s tapped to “fix” Barnes and Noble.
His history in the UK suggests good things.
From Literary Hub, a bit of craft advice from Shirley Jackson.
My favorite line: “Far and away the greatest menace to the writer—any writer, beginning or otherwise—is the reader. . . . The reader is, in fact, the writer’s only unrelenting, genuine enemy.”
From The Atlantic, a story sure to set your heart afire.
A quote of interest:
“Those readers don’t luxuriate in individual books or pay much attention to the tastes of New York literary gatekeepers. Fans of romances and thrillers, Hildick-Smith says, tend to race through books quickly, which makes Amazon’s easily accessible ebooks and borrowing programs especially appealing to them.”
Amazon is turning into a publisher, and a distributor, and a retailer.
All for the low, low price of a Prime membership … and the death of traditional literary publishing.
My take: Don’t buy your [insert expletive here] books from Amazon, authors. Go to a local bricks-and-mortar store. Order from there. Keep our industry alive.
From Electric Lit, a brief introduction to morality clauses in publishing.
Sticky wicket – publishers need to protect themselves from authors swept up in #MeToo behavior, but some contracts go overboard to the author’s detriment.
The submission deadline for The 3288 Review has now advanced to Dec. 31, for the spring 2020 issue (volume 6, issue 1). That means you have 5.5 months to craft a great personal essay, short story or poem(s)!
This lit journal, which appears semiannually, is the only print journal that focuses exclusively on West Michigan talent. No reading fees, no reading windows, and contributors are paid for their work.
See the journal’s website for details.