Jamie Brenner

Write no matter what dramas and conflicts are happening in your life. Storms will rage, lovers will leave, and friends will disagree. Write despite the weather, your broken heart, or bruised feelings. There will never be perfect conditions for writing, when all is peace and tranquility. Chances are once one area of your life smoothes out, another will erupt. Find the equanimity within, no matter the conditions in your outer world.

Jessica Page Morrell, The Writer’s I Ching


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Writers and booksellers aren’t the only ones frustrated

RIP Nolan Miller. The designer who created the costumes on Dynasty — one of the all time great nighttime dramas (aired before most of the cast of Revenge was born) -said in in an interview with W magazine that he lamented the changes in Hollywood where actresses often wear a designer’s creation for only a night before returning it.

“Nobody buys a dress anymore,” he said. “When I started, Crawford would buy three things for the Oscars because she wasn’t sure what she wanted to wear. Stanwyck never borrowed a dress in her life.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/08/fashion/nolan-miller-designer-of-dynasty-looks-dies-at-79.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&seid=auto&smid=tw-nytimesstyle&adxnnlx=1339158668-cPOS6vH0gaium0Z2BZVBSQ

Ann Patchett: an author with balls as big as her talent

Ann Patchett is the author of my favorite novel of last year, State of Wonder. She also opened an indie bookstore in her hometown when every other bookstore closed. Yesterday, she took on Amazon in her BEA speach:

http://books.usatoday.com/bookbuzz/post/2012-06-07/ann-patchett-takes-on-amazon-in-bookexpo-acceptance-speech/710658/1?csp=34life&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+UsatodaycomBooks-TopStories+(Life+-+Books+-+Top+Stories)&utm_content=Google+Reader 

thepenguinpress:

The end of the Orange Prize?
The big news today is the announcement that mobile company Orange will pull its sponsorship of the august literary prize. If you’ve read any of the previous winners listed below, you know this is unfortunate news. Let’s hope the award founders can find a new sponsor soon.
The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
Home by Marilynne Robinson
The Road Home by Rose Tremain
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
On Beauty by Zadie Smith
We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
Small Island by Andrea Levy
Property by Valerie Martin
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville
When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
A Crime in the Neighbourhood by Suzanne Berne
Larry’s Party by Carol Shields
Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore

thepenguinpress:

The end of the Orange Prize?

The big news today is the announcement that mobile company Orange will pull its sponsorship of the august literary prize. If you’ve read any of the previous winners listed below, you know this is unfortunate news. Let’s hope the award founders can find a new sponsor soon.

  • The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Home by Marilynne Robinson
  • The Road Home by Rose Tremain
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • On Beauty by Zadie Smith
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  • Small Island by Andrea Levy
  • Property by Valerie Martin
  • Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  • The Idea of Perfection by Kate Grenville
  • When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant
  • A Crime in the Neighbourhood by Suzanne Berne
  • Larry’s Party by Carol Shields
  • Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
  • A Spell of Winter by Helen Dunmore

neil-gaiman:

I gave my first ever commencement speech to the graduating class of 2012 at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

I think I told them everything important that I knew about going out into the world and being an artist, so I may never need to give another one.

(Source: vimeo.com)

If you’re only using social media to sell books you are absolutely using it wrong.

From author Nathan Bransford’s blog about the imperfections but usefulness of social media:

3) There are benefits to using social media beyond sales

If you’re only using social media to sell books you are absolutely using it wrong.

Yes, it can sell books. But the sales benefits are far down on the list of benefits that you will accrue using social media the right way.

More likely: You are making friends, you are learning about what else is out there, you are exchanging knowledge, you are discovering, you are communicating, and opportunities will come your way as a result.

http://blog.nathanbransford.com/2012/05/social-media-is-imperfect-sales-tool.html