Wrapped Up In Books

Joshua Henkin: Some Thoughts on Book Groups, Book Sales, Book Review Sections, and the Publishing Industry – Part the Second

September 4th, 2008 · 5 Comments

[BS: Part two from Joshua Henkin. See yesterday’s post here.] A digression, but not really: I teach in two MFA programs, Sarah Lawrence and Brooklyn College, and I have some very talented students. Every year, a number of these students enter their story collections in contests, usually sponsored by university presses, the winner of which […]

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Lost in Blogland

July 17th, 2008 · 10 Comments

[BS: Today, we bring back debut author Jennifer Epstein, whose lovely novel The Painter from Shanghai has garnered some great reviews and accolades. Despite glowing words from the NYT, Jennifer has learned that to market a book, one has to market herself. Follow her up and down the blogosphere…and special thanks to Jennifer for her […]

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On Publishing with A Small Press

April 30th, 2008 · 5 Comments

[BS: Yes, kids, another guest post. Must be the Internets way of celebrating Spring. This week, we are delighted to bring you Lucia Nevai, an award-winning author whose novel Salvation is due out from Tin House Books within weeks. Lucia, who delighted us with her line “when we all agreed that Salvation was the book […]

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Mentoring: The Writer You Guide Might Be The Future

April 23rd, 2008 · 6 Comments

[BS: Yay! Another guest post. We’re really excited to feature Tara Yellen, author of After Hours at the Almost Home, a look at community and family and what happens when one person disappears from the mix. Tara, however, is looking at community of another kind: the importance of mentoring relationships for writers. Just loved this […]

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Memoirs of a Non-Geisha

April 15th, 2008 · 1 Comment

It is with delight that we bring you a guest post from author Jennifer Epstein whose novel The Painter from Shanghai was recently released to excellent reviews. Of course, with every drop of good news, comes, well, a reminder that at some point in the past, another author wrote a book about a woman in […]

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The Pros and Cons of Writing for a Small Press

April 2nd, 2008 · 31 Comments

The BS family is very excited to have debut author TJ Bennett with us today. I’ve known her for years and am thrilled that someone recognized her talent and published her novel. I asked TJ to talk about some of the challenges and benefits that come from writing for a small press. At the end […]

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Does Anyone Die?

June 7th, 2007 · 2 Comments

[BS: Yes, dears, your fondest wishes have come true! Instead of our regularly scheduled ramblings, today, we offer you a cautionary tale from David Silverman, author of Typo, the Last American Typesetter or How I Made and Lost $4 Million.] “Does anyone die?” the literary agent on the stage asks me. “Yes,” I say, hoping […]

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What Happens In Omaha, Stays In Omaha

May 22nd, 2007 · 2 Comments

[BS Says: Judging a book by its cover is a time-honored tradition, and we put Timothy Schaffert’s Sex Parties…er, Devils in the Sugar Shop in the “Check it out” pile the moment we saw it. When Caitlin from Unbridled contacted us about the book, we were more than eager to hear what Timothy had to […]

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Unexpected Results: Winning High School

April 10th, 2006 · 7 Comments

Unless you count reunions, there is nothing worse than high school. It’s as if an ancient sadist stroked his (or her) bearded chin and said, “How, I wonder, can I destroy their psyches for life?” Another moment passes and the answer comes, “High school! Of course. I am both diabolical and brilliant. Also, I had […]

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The Long Lynn Isenberg Interview, Part Two

October 5th, 2005 · 1 Comment

Yesterday, we explored the dead business, today we explore a business that can scare people to death: marketing. Lynn embraces self-promotion with a zeal that is awe-inspiring (also a zeal that would send a weaker constitution to the naps). She looks at what has worked for her, what hasn’t worked, and how promoting her new […]

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