Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.

  • “GrubStreet held their annual Muse & the Marketplace conference for writers last weekend in Boston, where authors, agents, and editors hosted talks and panels on craft, the publishing process, and book promotion strategies. We gathered lots of helpful publishing insights and promotional tips on a variety of topics, from marketing on social media to participating in bookstore events — and even to dealing with author envy! We’re excited to share some of these tips with our readers who couldn’t attend, and hope you find these takeaways useful.” (via Tyrone Li/BookBub)
  • Especially for “academic” writers: risks, rewards, and advice regarding crossing over into writing beyond the academy, all neatly presented on the Inside Higher Ed site in a terrific piece by Helene Meyers.
  • Once again, I’ve fallen woefully behind in my podcasts. Among the episodes that I’m most eager to get to: Episode 85 of Jennifer Baker’s Minorities in Publishing: “At this year’s Tech Forum conference Jenn spoke with author and founder of the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Jael Richardson, about the creation of an inclusive literary festival, the work to maintain representation, and also the benefits and concerns about tagging/separating books by marginalized authors when it comes to consumers finding these works.”
  • Something else I haven’t yet managed to absorb: The Paris Review‘s “The Art of Poetry” interview with T.S. Eliot (conducted by Donald Hall). Per Ron Rosenbaum: “What struck me was [Eliot’s] casual intelligence and humility. At 70 he’s not sure any of his work will last.”
  • And over on the My Machberet blog, there’s a fresh batch of Jewish-lit links—including a link to a newly published poem from yours truly (and yes, it’s a poem that’s included in my forthcoming book).
  • Have a great weekend, everyone.