I'll Send You All My Love Every Day In a Letter
When everyone is going to the beach, kayaking on the lake, playing croquet on the lawn, I expect all of you to be sweating your balls off at your desk every day for at least, at least, two hours. Get up at five, make a pot of coffee and hit it. Turn off your email. Turn off your internet. Get a pad to note the things you need to look up. Do not come here because that's what I'm doing for the month. I'm finishing a new book and I'm putting blinders on....
—Literary agent Betsy Lerner's blog
Authors, Keep Your Copyrights. You Earned Them.
Authors should not assign their copyrights to publishers. As our Model Contract emphasizes:
"CAUTION: Do not allow the publisher to take your copyright or to publish the copyright notice in any name other than yours. Except in very unusual circumstances, this practice is not standard in the industry and harms your economic interests. No reputable publisher should demand that you allow it to do so."
How NOT to Try to Sell a Book: RIP Authonomy
Somebody told me on Facebook today that Harper Collins is shutting down its online slushpile, Authonomy, on 30th September 2015....
...The idea was that the five books which had accumulated the most votes as at the end of a month would be awarded a gold star, and would receive a 'professional' review from the HC editors, with a possible view to getting an HC contract. You can see why we all signed up with stars in our eyes.
—Greta van der Rol
Tourists offered chance to run a bookshop on holiday
For £150 a week, AirBnB users are invited to live in – and run – The Open Book store in Wigtown, Scotland.
...guests at The Open Book . . . will be expected to sell books for 40 hours a week while living in the flat above the shop....It's not about cheap labour – it's about offering people an experience … It's one of those great fantasies."
— The Guardian
Structure vs. Urgency: The Blunt Instrument on Finding Work/Life Balance as a Writer
Find the thing you want to write so much you don't even have to schedule time for it. I have another friend, a novelist, who said he solved the problem of "writer's block" by abandoning the high-minded projects he felt he should be working on and started writing the novel he desperately wanted to write. Suddenly he couldn't wait to get home from his job to work on his novel. ...
— Electric Lit/The Blunt Instrument
Want to Give Away Your Books? Your Town May Not Approve
All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.