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Links 1 through 10 of 15 by Chris Turner tagged author

"It has never been serviced or cleaned other than blowing out the dust with a service station hose. ... I have typed on this typewriter every book I have written including three not published. Including all drafts and correspondence I would put this at about five million words over a period of 50 years."

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Though I disagree vehemently with Doctorow on a lot of political points, I have enjoyed most of his novels. And I've read all of them electronically.

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Lee Child is one of my favorite authors; I've read all thirteen of the Jack Reacher novels. I didn't know that Reacher was born out of Child's being laid off from a movie production company, however. Or if I did, I'd forgotten. Here is an inspiring piece by Child about that experience, offering hope for those worried about losing their job, or already have.

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Eric Van Lustbader on continuing the Jason Bourne book series started by his friend Bob Ludlum.

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"As you might imagine, I receive a lot of email from would-be authors who are trying to get published. Because I make my email address public, it’s pretty easy to get to me.

"However, by the time I hear from people, they are usually frustrated. They can’t get anyone in the book publishing world to respond, and they are convinced that they have a killer-idea. 'If only someone would just read my manuscript,' they plead.

"The problem is that most publishers will not review unsolicited proposals or manuscripts. I personally receive hundreds every year; our staff receives thousands. We simply don’t have the resources to review these. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.

"So as an author, what do you do? Here’s what I recommend:"

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A bit of common sense (all writers are different and write in different ways), with some insight into how Miller views the post-writing publishing process.

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Web page of Wheaton English professor and author Alan Jacobs, writer of "The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis", among others.

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For future self-reference: "BookSurge offers complete publishing, inventory-free fulfillment and online distribution services for independent publishing."

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"[A] community website for writers of all descriptions to post their work and receive feedback. In return it is hoped they will cast their eye over other people's work and give their thoughts."

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