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By MARTHA A. SANDWEISS
Mass Book Award
The internet is killing storytelling
Narratives are a staple of every culture the world over. They are disappearing in an online blizzard of tiny bytes of information
"Click, tweet, e-mail, twitter, skim, browse, scan, blog, text: the jargon of the digital age describes how we now read, reflecting the way that the very act of reading, and the nature of literacy itself, is changing.
The information we consume online comes ever faster, punchier and more fleetingly. Our attention rests only briefly on the internet page before moving incontinently on to the next electronic canapé.
Addicted to the BlackBerry, hectored and heckled by the next blog alert, web link or text message, we are in state of Continual Partial Attention, too bombarded by snippets and gobbets of information to focus on anything for very long. Microsoft researchers have found that...
By Jonathan Meyer, Intern
November 1 marks the start of this year’s National Novel Writing Month (wonderfully abbreviated as NaNoWriMo). The event, which challenges people from all walks of life to complete a 50,000-word piece of fiction in 30 days, is in its eleventh year. In 2008, over 20,000 writers were certified “Winners,” meaning they met or exceeded the minimum word count, turned in their manuscript on time, and made sure their work made at least some sense.
NaNoWriMo is the literary equivalent of Hands Across America, except with actual...
Agency client (and masterful synopsis creator) Hélène Boudreau has posted an excellent guide to writing synopsis on her blog. This is a great method for authors who have trouble distilling their novels into a one page description.
Read Hélène's 9 step synopsis crafting method here.
This would be funnier if it wasn't quite so true.
From The New Yorker: Subject: Our Marketing Plan by Ellis Weiner...
Children’s/Middle Grade: Hélène Boudreau’s REAL MERMAIDS DON’T WEAR TOE RINGS, about an aquaphobic mer-girl trying to balance the drama of two-legged teenage life with her quest to rescue her mermaid mother from really scary mer-dudes, to Rebecca Frazer at Jabberwocky, for publication in Fall 2010, by Lauren MacLeod at The Strothman Agency (World).
Discover the Sea – Wherever You Are!
The sea is all around you, even if you live inland, far from the coast. It's in places you least expect: Yankee Stadium, the gas in your car, the land you walk, even the air you breathe. It's in the marble of sculptors, the foundation of sky scrapers, and in each and every cell of your body. The Sea Around You begins to show you where, and how.
www.seaaroundyou.com Dive in! Join us! Use this interactive map to find our sites, and then add your own! ...
Ashe Book to S&S Free Press’s Martin Beiser won, at auction, world rights to Ray Arsenault’s Arthur Ashe biography. Arsenault (Freedom Riders), who teaches Southern history at the University of South Florida, will discuss the tennis great’s life as well as his contributions to civil, and overall human, rights. The S&S imprint is planning a 2012 publication, timed to that year’s U.S. Open. Agent Wendy Strothman did the deal.
Ashe Book to S&S
Free Press’s Martin Beiser won, at auction, world rights to Ray Arsenault’s Arthur Ashe biography. Arsenault (Freedom Riders), who teaches Southern history at the University of South Florida, will discuss the tennis great’s life as well as his contributions to civil, and overall human, rights. The S&S imprint is planning a 2012 publication, timed to that year’s U.S. Open. Agent Wendy Strothman did the deal.