Posts Tagged ‘novel’


Can You Imagine the Rumble?

February 25, 2016

In truth I was not aware of any particular rivalry ‘twixt authors of novels and memoirs, but neither is that definitive … or indicative of pretty much anything. Nonetheless, here we go:

Salon.comBy the end of this treatise on “appropriate choice of vocabulary” and the human impulse to “relativise” emotions, the reader still has no clear sense of how [Catherine] Millet feels about her mother’s suicide or what, if anything, this suicide has to do with her pained relationship with her husband. We learn more in one sentence of [Edouard] Levé’s about both the precise nature of the narrator’s feelings for his dead friend and the complications of intimacy in general.

And while I will not take a side―nor even try to figure out what the sides are, or if they actually exist at all―in Hannah Tennant-Moore’s introspection, I would at least go so far as to note she would seem to have a point with that paragraph.

Yeah, I know. Everybody’s a critic. Doesn’t mean a one of us has an answer. The answer. I mean, you know. An answer? Do I need an umbrella today? “Nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nineteen! Nineteen!” Yeah, you know? It’s an answer.



Tennant-Moore, Hannah. “Too real for reality TV — or even memoir: The new novels that dare use fiction to reveal secret truths”. Salon. 14 February 2016.


Selden Edwards on rewriting & rejection

February 25, 2010

Hedge your bets and Beat the Book!

September 16, 2008

Wes and I have long sought to provide a conference rotation schedule that would enable writers to attend one SCWC with only an idea or raw draft, then, over the course of a year, by tapping into subsequent SCWC events — utilizing the workshop leaders, read & critique troubleshooting, etc. — yield a firmly polished manuscript in 12 months. Whether starting with the San Diego, L.A. or Palm Springs conferences, the routinely available touchstone to the community would be in place to expedite completion of a commercially viable book.

Managing three quality conferences a year in effort to achieve that aim, however, is tough. Takes a lot of time to put on a good conference, let alone three. But I think we’ve come up with a solution that we’ll be debuting in a couple weeks in Irvine. It’s called Beat the Book, a private year-long “workshop” brought to us by one of our favorite workshop leaders, Marla Miller, and her colleague and friend of the conference, Lynn Vannucci.

Get the Beat the Book skinny here and let us know what you think.



Hick’s hot…

September 14, 2008

SCWC*LA6 workshop leader Andrea Portes is having a helluva year since the release of her bestselling, critically vaunted breakout novel, Hick. Quickly acquired for film, Andrea just finished the screenplay and already word it out: It’s one of the two hottest scripts swishing in the sweat.

Get the skinny here.



Random House screws author, disses Mohammed

August 8, 2008

From its inception, through its publication, the anfractuous journey a book must make in effort to reach the ultimate reader can extend years. For some, even decades. For the author, even once the publisher has bought the manuscript, she can expect spending at least another year of massaging the prose to suit the needs of her editor before its release. A year in which an illustrator will conjure up a magnificent jacket for the book. A year in which the marketing department will brainstorm how to sell the book big, wide and long. A year in which a publicist will schedule book signings and endeavor to land favorable reviews in PW, Kirkus, The New York Times and beyond. A year in which some Big Brain at any one of the multitudinous strata of corporate levels responsible for publishing a book would muster up the gumption to stop all of this from happening way too late and for entirely the wrong, pitiable reason.

From today’s Reuters, by Edith Honan:

Publisher Random House has pulled a novel about the Prophet Mohammed’s child bride, fearing it could “incite acts of violence.”

“The Jewel of Medina,” a debut novel by journalist Sherry Jones, 46, was due to be published on August 12 by Random House, a unit of Bertelsmann AG, and an eight-city publicity tour had been scheduled, Jones told Reuters on Thursday.

The novel traces the life of A’isha from her engagement to Mohammed, when she was six, until the prophet’s death. Jones said that she was shocked to learn in May, that publication would be postponed indefinitely.

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