Monthly Archives: January 2013

Russell Blake Spotlights Colleen Hoover

28 January 2013

Unless you’ve been living in a cave since Xmas (and there’s nothing wrong with that – I’m not judging. OK, maybe I am, but what the hell are you doing living in a cave, anyway?) you have by now heard about the meteoric rise of indie author Colleen Hoover, whose latest novel Hopeless is selling faster than tequila in Tijuana, breaking records all over the place, and has occupied the #1 spot on Amazon most of the time since Christmas.

Read it all at Russell Blake

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Hat Tip: Mona Ingram


Ben Hecht Interviews Jack Kerouac

28 January 2013
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Wow.  What a combination.

I’m a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.–Ben Hecht

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Those who tell you

28 January 2013

Those who tell you it’s tough at the top have never been at the bottom.

Joe Harvey

Walking in Your Character’s Shoes

28 January 2013

Alan Rinzler at The Book Deal:

To get the details exactly right, [Patricia] Cornwell has hung out in a coroner’s morgue to study forensic corpse dissection and body decomposition. She’s recreated fictional crime scenes in her home with accurate blood spatter patterns. She overcame her fear of scuba diving so she could write with verisimilitude about a deep sea body search. And when Dr. Scarpetta flew a helicopter, Cornwell became a certified pilot and bought her own $3.5 million Bell 407.

We can’t all afford to buy our own helicopter, but every writer can use Cornwell’s technique of walking in a character’s shoes to recreate hands-on authentic experience. Impeccably accurate details and actions go a long way in creating three-dimensional, absorbing characters readers can identify with and care about.

Read the rest at The Book Deal.

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Serious Fiction and Legitlit: Creating a Hybrid Home

28 January 2013

From Jennie Coughlin:

Print vs. Ebook

Traditional vs. Indie

Genre vs. Literary

Serious vs. Fluff?

Critics, readers and writers all like debating about fiction and where it’s going. One interesting sidelight to the Traditional/Indie debate has been the discussion about what works in print versus in ebook. Some genres are hugely popular in ebooks. Erotica leads the way — no covers to hide from people while reading in public — but romance, supernatural and other popular genres also do well in ebooks. Meanwhile, literary fiction doesn’t. Unless it’s popular literary fiction — akin to what Don Maass has dubbed 21st Century Fiction — and then it does well in both print and ebooks.

Blogger and critic Porter Anderson has been talking recently about the rise in “shirtless” fiction — romance, romance and more romance. For Porter, it’s akin to the 25-cent paperbacks people can buy by the bag at library book sales and used book stores. Easily read, easily discarded. He’s been pushing what he’s calling #legitlit and #seriousfiction — stories that make you think. Is that literary fiction? That might depend on who you ask.

Read the rest here- Interesting.  Welcome to Exeter.

Julia Barrett

B&N Aims To Whittle Its Stores For Years

28 January 2013


Barnes & Noble Inc. BKS +0.08% expects to close as many as a third of its retail stores over the next decade, the bookseller’s top store executive said, offering the most detailed picture yet of the company’s plans for the outlets.

“In 10 years we’ll have 450 to 500 stores,” said Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble’s retail group, in an interview last week. The company operated 689 retail stores as of Jan. 23, along with a separate chain of 674 college stores.

Mr. Klipper said his forecast assumes that the company will close about 20 stores a year over the period.

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Faye Kellerman on Being a Writer

27 January 2013
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Crime fiction runs in the Kellerman family

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Kerouac’s Agent Tells Own Story in Lord of Publishing

27 January 2013
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Lord, now 92 years old, still keeps regular hours, at the bright, downtown offices of Sterling Lord Literistic Inc. His clients have ranged from Ken Kesey to the creators of the Berenstain Bears. He has lunched with Jackie Kennedy, played tennis with Katherine Graham and had the will to say no to Lyndon Johnson when the president was seeking help to get a book deal.

His memoir is called Lord of Publishing and his peers see nothing out of line about the title. His name means “respect,” ”gentleman agent,“ a ”class act,“ according to fellow agent Jane Dystel.

“This is a guy who has been around a very long time, through many iterations of our business, which is constantly changing, and has survived,” says Dystel. “He does it with real determination and skill, in a very low-key style, but determined.”

Read it all The Chronicle Herald

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