AM Remainders

This post was written by Friday guest blogger Emma Garman.

  • A.S. Byatt delivered a lecture in which she extolled the virtues of historical fiction: “In many ways if you write a novel about the past, you find yourself saying more about, at least, the habits of mind of the present than if you take the present head on.” If she uttered her famous catchphrase, it is not reported.

  • A non-fiction author describes the challenges of composing the all-important book proposal. Fiction writers, who usually have to complete a manuscript before daring to solicit cash, are unlikely to sympathize.

  • Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam delights in the activities of Foetry, the literary contest ‘watchdog’ that recently turned its attention on Iowa’s poetry prize.

  • Self-publishing success stories seem to be popping up with with increasing frequency, although it’s hard to know whether this is because journalists have recognized the winning feel good/schadenfreude formula of plucky authors triumphing over mainstream publishers who got it wrong.

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