There are tons of source material for writing book reviews, from those by pros in glossy magazines to the smallest, most humble blog. In my last post I offered one way to write the review in short form, i.e., a review you might write for a book on Amazon. And I promised to give you […]Read More Writing The Big Review
Having a new book out is a happy event, but it does generate some work. Collateral Damage and Stories launched on June 2 of this year, and for the first time I felt that the review agencies felt the book worthy of hiring a publicist. I settled on a publicist late in the […]Read More Writing That Review
If you’re an avid reader (excuse the cliche, please!), you just may be familiar with Meg Wolitzer’s fine novel, The Interestings. A group of stoned kids at summer camp give themselves this title (We’re the most interesting people in this place!), and the book follows them into their adult years – their marriages, their careers, […]Read More From Book To TV Series?
I ended up a year or so with a magazine subscription to The American Scholar. (It’s published by Phi Beta Kappa; I had nowhere near that academic track record, thus I sometimes feel like an outlier when I first open an issue.) However, it’s not as academically inclined as you might think; most […]Read More Abstractions and Real Life
The Coffee Trader, by David Liss One of the biggest temptations to fall into as a writer of historical fiction or a fictionalized period piece is to become too enamored of your research into that historical era. Even modern non-fiction set in a given era must draw heavily on its human drama, not tangential history […]Read More Seduced by Research, Not Character Development