Every day, someone tweets or emails or otherwise messages me to let me know that they’ve read my novel GUESTLIST. It’s an amazing feeling, to know that something I’ve written has affected another human being in so strongly a way that they must reach out to me to let me know their opinion.
I’ve heard it all – people love Juliet and Swann, others hate Ava with the intensity of a thousand white suns. For some, it presents a New York City that is authentic and wholly familiar; for others, it’s like visiting the city for the first time and experiencing a world they’ve never before encountered. I’ve had people tell me my characters have motivated them, and I’ve had people question whether certain characters are based on them. I’ve had people dream about my characters. Hell, I’ve even had someone tell me they think Ava is the good guy of the whole damn thing!
The point I’m trying to make is, everyone who’s read GUESTLIST has a strong opinion of the novel. That’s a good thing. I want people to talk about it, to love it or hate it.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, New York City, Writers, writing
Tagged Amazon, Ava Rice, Barnes and Noble, Book, Byron Lord, eBook, GoodReads, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Juliet Feliz, Kindle, Library Thing, Marcel Swann, Napoleon Fey, New York City, novel, Shelfari
Yesterday, I was reading a few articles at K.M. Weiland’s Wordplay when I came across this post that said the protagonist and antagonist of one’s novel should share similar traits. The examples cited gave credence to Weiland’s argument, and ranged from the parallels between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader to the common goal of every character in Dashiell Hammett’s classic The Maltese Falcon.
This made me wonder if Juliet and Ava, the protagonist and antagonist, respectively, of my novel GUESTLIST, have more in common than I initially realized. Looking at the same three comparison points Weiland used in her post, here’s what I came up with.
Posted in Books, Writers, writing
Tagged Ava Rice, Byron Lord, Darth Vader, Dashiell Hammett, GUESTLIST by Jay Fingers, Juliet Feliz, K.M. Weiland, Luke Skywalker, Napoleon Fey, star wars, The Maltese Falcon, Themes, writing
Welp, I guess it’s time to go back to the well. One of my favorite contemporary authors, Lauren Weisberger, recently landed a deal to write Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, a sequel to her bestselling 2003 novel, The Devil Wears Prada.
Check out some info from the press release:
Eight years after saying goodbye to Runway, and escaping the clutches of Miranda Priestly, it seems as though Andrea “Andy” Sachs has the perfect life. The lowly assistant is herself now tabloid fodder. She edits The Plunge, the hottest bridal magazine on newsstands, and works side-by-side with Emily, her old Runway colleague and new BFF. Andy is madly in love with Max, a dashing scion of a storied media company, and planning to tie the knot. But Andy is still haunted by her days atRunway, and the specter of Miranda Priestly. Andy can hardly know that all her efforts to build a bright new life will lead her directly to the one she fled — and into the path of Miranda.
Posted in Books, entertainment, News, Publishing, Writers, writing
Tagged Andy Sachs, Anne Hathaway, Lauren Weisberger, Miranda Priestly, Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns, Simon & Schuster, The Devil Wears Prada
You women love that mommy porn, huh?
It’s too late to deny it. Wanna know how I know? GalleyCat reports that E.L. James’ erotic Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy has sold a cool, combined total of ten million books (paperbacks, eBooks, and audiobooks) in six short weeks.
So sayeth Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group president Anthony Chirico:
This is an astonishing number. The sales velocity for Fifty Shades of Grey is unprecedented, with reader demand still growing. BookScan data indicates that the trilogy has captured twenty-five percent of the adult fiction market in recent weeks.
Posted in Books, Cool Story Bro, News, Publishing, Writers, writing
Tagged Anthony Chirico, E.L. James, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed, Fifty Shades of Grey, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mommy Porn
According to Shadow & Act, playwright Dominique Morisseau has been awarded the Playwrights of New York (PONY) Fellowship. Make no mistake, this is no small feat; in fact, my fellow Memphian, and writer of The Mountaintop, Katori Hall is a past recipient of this award.
Posted in Arts, Cool Story Bro, New York City, News, Writers, writing
Tagged Detroit '67, Dominique Morisseau, Katori Hall, LARK Play Development Center, Playwright's Workshop, Playwrights of New York, Playwriting, Sunset Baby
Those who lust for liquor and literature, such as myself, will be happy to know that tomorrow is the 2012 Brooklyn Lit Crawl.
Created by the deviant bibliophiles behind San Francisco’s Litquake, the Brooklyn Lit Crawl is exactly what you think it is: a book-and-booze fest that will feature over thirty authors (including my literary crush, author and New York Press columnist Amy Sohn) and fourteen separate events at ten different venues, including La Casita Yarn Shop, Camp, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut, and Book Court.
Oh yeah, and it’s all free.
View the entire schedule below.
Posted in Books, Drink, Event, New York City, Random, Random Cool, Ratchet, Writers, writing
Tagged Amy Sohn, Book Court, Brooklyn, Camp, La Casita Yarn Shop, Lit Crawl, Litquake, Micro Museum, Zombie Hut
West coast publisher Weldon Owen created a nifty little infographic (because kids love their infographics) to explain exactly how a book is “born.”
Here’s the heartwarming, only slightly messy, and roughly 74 percent accurate story of how an idea churns through the publishing process just like—as a publisher we once knew put it—a rat travels through an anaconda. Don’t think too much about that analogy. Just enjoy this flowchart that takes you from a brilliant idea to a best-selling trade book.