Category Archives: Books and the book biz

Don’t judge a book by its chick-lit cover

The UK’s Lionel Shriver weighs in on the Franzen fracas–aka “Franzenfreude” (need to get up to speed?  Ruth Franklin has an excellent roundup in The New Republic) : A female novelist would never enjoy a Franzen-scale frenzy of adulation in … Continue reading

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And speaking of E,P,L

I'm sure it's not any easier these days being Elizabeth Gilbert's ex-husband, but to make matters possibly more aggravating, his own book has hit a snag.  In a Page Six item from July, he said that he and publisher Hyperion … Continue reading

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It’s like Eat, Pray, Love, with vampires!

How not to pitch your manuscript (with thanks to Leslie Pietrzyk)

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Book Launch 2.0

At once the funniest and most depressingly accurate take on book/author promo: “You Tube. Of course! ‘Cause you know, that’s the dream, right? Twenty years ago when I wanted to become a writer, a big part of the dream was … Continue reading

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In Apple we trust

The iPhone was introduced in 2007. In 2010, according to this NYT story, the App Store, for which no need existed three years ago, is expected to generate $1.4 billion.  The breathless anticipation and hype then, surrounding the widely-rumored Apple … Continue reading

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…and that’s why I don’t read contemporary literary fiction

“There was a time when difficult literature was exciting. T.S. Eliot once famously read to a whole football stadium full of fans. And it’s still exciting—when Eliot does it. But in contemporary writers it has just become a drag.”  Lev … Continue reading

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and now for the distaff side: Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book

Last week we didn’t envy Elizabeth Gilbert’s ex-husband Michael Cooper (see, I told you this is how the poor guy would be doomed to be referenced) for the challenges of writing a memoir that seems likely to touch on the … Continue reading

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