Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • If you have the time today, you can drop by The New Yorker‘s “Ask the Author” chat with Adam Gopnik. The subject: Albert Camus, the focus of Gopnik’s article in this week’s issue of the magazine. Chat begins at 3 p.m., E.T.
  • Want to write a guest post for Carol Tice’s blog? Here’s what not to do.
  • I’ll admit that I don’t get too agitated about gender issues in publishing. (What ticks me off far more is the anti-Israel sentiment I see in the literary/publishing establishment, not any perceived bias favoring male writers.) That said, I’m a fan of Meg Wolitzer’s work, so when she writes, I read. Sunday’s New York Times Book Review included Wolitzer’s “The Second Shelf: Literary Rules for Men and Women.” Worth your time, if you haven’t yet caught it.
  • Writer Abroad offers some good, basic, nuts-and-bolts info on finding a literary agent.
  • Historical novelist Natalie Wexler reflects on what she finds in old newspapers.
  • I’m a contributor to this new anthology (along with a few hundred others).
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  • Last week brought some buzz–including a New York Times article–about an author whose unsellable manuscript scored a deal as soon as a pseudonymous byline entered the picture.
  • The Poets & Writers contests blog presents a Q&A with Jennifer Perrine, who has won multiple contests and competitions.
  • You know how I’m always reminding you that I’m a #writerwithadayjob? Well, with my appearance on, it’s official! (Thanks to Aine Greaney for the affirmation, and for introducing me to your excellent blog.)
  • For the next five days I expect to be seeing a lot on Twitter from the folks heading to Chicago for the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference. With the help of the #AWP12 hashtag, that is.
  • And speaking of AWP–allow me to leave you with this creation, “Annual Conference: 8,000 Writers Expected,” written and read by Rebecca McClanahan.
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  • On Lisa Romeo’s blog, Stephanie Vanderslice introduces her new book, Rethinking Creative Writing: Programs and Practices that Work. (We’ve got an interview with Stephanie about this book right here, too.)
  • A voice from the adjunct trenches.
  • This story of how one author found her agent on the subway (technically, the agent found her) has been making the Internet rounds.
  • A lovely account of how Sage Cohen’s young son reminded her of writing advice from Galway Kinnell (which happens to echo advice I recall from Arnost Lustig, who passed away one year ago this week).
  • I really like this interview with my fellow Last Light Studio author, Ericka Lutz, in which Ericka talks about her new novel, the experience of publishing with our small press, and her “nontraditional” routes in both writing and promotion.
  • I was amused (but not at all surprised) to learn that Stephen Colbert has landed a deal for his children’s book (but can we please do away with the verb “ink”?). Check this GalleyCat report for details, plus links to the two-part interview with Maurice Sendak that started it all!
  • Thursday’s Work-in-Progress: Introducing My New Column

    Last week’s posts–about my day job and about how and where to locate forthcoming books for review–proved very popular. Thank you all for the comments, shares, RTs, and other indications of your interest! I hope that you’ll be pleased to know that today’s “work-in-progress” post takes up some of the threads from last week’s items. And that’s because I’m about to introduce a new “extra-curricular” writing activity grounded in my reviewing practice: a “First Looks” blog series/column for Fiction Writers Review, where I’m honored to be a contributing editor.

    As the first post–which went live yesterday–explains: “This series, which I’ll be writing each month, will introduce you to soon-to-be released novels and short-story collections that have piqued my interest as a reader-who-writes. Consider it a public “to be read” announcement of sorts, a way for me to point out a new title (or two) every month and explain what about it has caught my eye. For the most part, we’ll be concentrating on books that fall within FWR’s chief interest: fiction by emerging authors.”

    So go ahead. Take a peek and see which soon-to-released titles made it into the inaugural post (and why). Hope you enjoy!

    The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • Attention, MFA applicants: Wise words on the SOP (otherwise known as “statement of purpose”) from Cathy Day.
  • Advice from Betsy Lerner on how not to begin your query letter.
  • Kelly James-Enger shares “10 Ways to Treat Your Writing Business Like a Business.”
  • Sticking with that general theme: On Carol Tice’s “Make a Living Writing” blog, Syed Ali Abbas suggests “6 Elegant Ways Freelance Writers Can Raise Their Hourly Rates.”
  • Win a seat in Marla Beck’s virtual intensive course, “Two Days to Write.” Deadline to enter is Friday, December 2 (that’s the day after tomorrow!).
  • Excellent tips from Midge Raymond: “On getting (or not getting) reviews.”
  • Fascinating sneak peek into the new Norton nonfiction anthology. (via @fernham)
  • Special insights into litmag submissions, courtesy of Diane Lockward.
  • Over the Thanksgiving break, I had some time to catch up with my New Yorker issues. One of the pieces I most enjoyed is Thomas Mallon’s recent article on “alternate history” in fiction. That article is accessible to subscribers only, but you can listen to Mallon talk about the subject in this podcast.
  • I won’t be there this year, but you can check out the schedule for the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) online now.