So after three weeks of ranting about compensation for writers, I’m at a point where I feel it’s clearly time for some new directions.
A few weeks ago I resigned from my position as Book Review Editor at The Los Angeles Review. I am currently training my replacement. I did this because I have worked for them for four years, and the job is time consuming, and it’s time I focused more intently on my writing. But part of the reason I am leaving is because the journal does not pay writers, or its editors. I can’t support that model any longer.
I’m working with some writers to plan something more lucrative, but I can’t spill the beans just yet.
Here are some things I will do and some things I understand. Call them a manifesto if you wish.
By the way, thanks for reading, especially those of you who participate with comments. It’s nice to know there are a few people with similar viewpoints, or who at least are willing to discuss.
A month or so ago, a good friend—one who believes in my writing—was in New York and had an opportunity to approach the president and publisher of Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG Books), Jonathan Galassi, and present the query letter for my novel, Mr. Neutron. The next day Mr. Galassi emailed me to request the full manuscript. Me—a writer who doesn’t even have an agent. A million to one shot was instantly reduced to a thousand to one. Read more:
Super book cover designer Chip Kidd talks about his craft and career on TED. It’s funny and very informative for those of you who have books in the publishing cycle. A bad cover can kill a good book. A great cover can mean sales and success. More:
We live in Dickensian times: the collapse of economies throughout the world (especially Europe) has brought new suffering to millions of people. Here in the states we still have massive unemployment, to the point where many people have given up looking for work. As sad as the situation is for these people, it’s a boon for writers, for we love to write about conflict and suffering. Run out of story ideas? Just listen to the news. It’s a bad time to be a member of the working class, but it’s a great time to be a writer. More: