I began to realize that the bohemian writer life in the big city that I had dreamed of as a kid was really all just a big pile of malarkey. — Jason Diamond’s “Writers Don’t Make Much Money”
Best dedication ever.
As far as dedications go, this one (for Matthew Klein’s forthcoming thriller NO WAY BACK) is pretty great.
The book’s not out until April, but you can pre-order it now:
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Reason #109014159 why Harper Perennial is the absolute best: I now in possession of an ARC of Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist.
Also, it makes it sound like the editor is a trainer and I am a golden retriever, but it is wise to offer praise. My editor made it clear she loved the book and in our discussions we’d confirmed that our visions of its best incarnation aligned, so she could also give me notes like, “I just feel like this section is so long and talky and boring,” and my trust in her and maybe my Stockholm syndrome were strong enough that I could hear her. — Thoughts on Editing & Being Edited, by Michelle Wildgen
There are likely only a few quotes about writing & soup, but pg 2 of Stock Tips has a great one from Meg Wolitzer.
I can say without reservation: This is already the best zine about soup I’ve ever read in my life.
(P.S. If you like zines and you like soup and you like Rachel Fershleiser and Ami Greko — and, I mean, WHO DOESN’T — come to the launch party at HousingWorks on March 10.)
Some college students, like my friend Suzanne, take aerobics classes. Some college students, like Sheryl Sandberg, teach aerobics classes. Other college students, like myself, lie around the dorm reading novels. No wonder I can’t remember meeting Sheryl Sandberg in college! She was already busy leaning in. I was busy leaning back on my sofa, with a good book and a nice cup of cocoa. — Foreign Policy’s “Recline! Why ‘leaning in’ is killing us”
My first clue that my book would not be a bestseller came in a marketing meeting about six months prior to publication. Actually there were several clues in that meeting. The first came when a marketing assistant suggested that I start a blog, and I had to explain that her bosses had acquired my book in part because I was a well-known blogger. — “How Much My Novel Cost Me,” a great and honest essay by Emily Gould
The ultimate in book nerd-ery: Diagramming sentences of famous first lines.
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The fastest way to make a rainy Friday instantly better: Having a book on a bestseller list. Yay for NORMAN CONQUEST.
(The ebook’s on sale for $1.99 right now, btw.)