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Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
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The 16-year-old Little House fan whom Laura Ingalls Wilder’s daughter threatened to sue

The 16-year-old Little House fan whom Laura Ingalls Wilder’s daughter threatened to sue | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
In late 2014, the South Dakota Historical Society Press published Laura Ingalls Wilder’s pre-Little House memoir, intended for adults, Pioneer Girl.  S ...
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Personal letters revealed!

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How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature

How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

One of the things I was taught as an elementary school student in Illinois was that America differed from Europe in that it was founded as, and has remained, a classless society. These days, if politicians such as Barack Obama or Bernie Sanders bring up the disparities among the classes in America, they are accused by their political opponents of conjuring up class consciousness in order to foment class warfare. Unfortunately, of course, Obama and Sanders are right, and my schoolteachers were wrong. And while class disparity manifests in all sectors of society, for those who seek careers in literature, class differences have a huge impact on who gets hired and who gets published. This, in turn has a real effect on the portrayal of class in literature, and in media depictions of the writer’s life.


In the past few years, countless essays, articles, charts, graphs, and surveys have been published making the case for greater gender and ethnic diversity in the literary world, that our literature might present back to us a truer accounting of the society in which we actually live. There remains a long way to go but we have slowly come to understand that by publishing more writers of color, by increasing the number of women’s bylines, by being more inclusive, we will increase the quality of our collective storytelling.


But very little has been explicitly articulated about the exclusion of the great American underclass, that perpetually poor group on the bottom tier of society that includes all races/genders/creeds. And as we winnow out opportunities for art about poverty, we lose so much potential for change.

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Posthumous books could come with a lot of dollar signs - The Boston Globe

Posthumous books could come with a lot of dollar signs - The Boston Globe | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
It’s been a banner year for authors who are no longer around to celebrate their success. A groaning shelf of recently published works by deceased, brand-name writers, or those filling their literary shoes, shows that when it comes to books, gone does not mean forgotten. Or even unpublishable. Not by a long shot.

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Announcing the 2015 #TwitterFiction Festival

Announcing the 2015 #TwitterFiction Festival | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Fiction lovers rejoice: we’ve got the lineup of featured authors for the third Twitter Fiction Festival (@TwFictionFest), taking place May 11-15. As before, we’re working alongside the ...
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Research shows median income for all authors is now below $5,000, though ‘hybrid’ authors who use both traditional and self-publishing are doing best

Research shows median income for all authors is now below $5,000, though ‘hybrid’ authors who use both traditional and self-publishing are doing best | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Almost a third of published authors make less than $500 (£350) a year from their writing, according to a new survey, with around a half of writers dissatisfied with their writing income.

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A Delicate Balance: Can Blurb Become All Things To All Authors?

A Delicate Balance: Can Blurb Become All Things To All Authors? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
For close to 10 years, Blurb has been a go-to source of high-production family albums and gift-quality photo books. The San Francisco platform now recommends a "Dream Team" of specialists, in an at...

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Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional 'Women Writers.' I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause....
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The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon - Huffington Post

The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon - Huffington Post | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
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The Publishers Are as Bad as Amazon
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Many clauses that are imposed on authors throughout the industry today bear no relationship to any economic reality other than the best interests of the publisher.

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Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women?

Do Men Receive Bigger Book Advances Than Women? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
We sift through nearly 5 years of deal reports to find out whether women receive lower book advances than men. The answer may surprise you.
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The Indie Author Manifesto

The Indie Author Manifesto | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Cool infographic of my INDIE AUTHOR MANIFESTO. Infographic design courtesy of @[674725789:2048:Derek Murphy]

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The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse

The Legend of Vera Nabokov: Why Writers Pine for a Do-It-All Spouse | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
The rarity of spouses like Vladimir Nabokov's, who dedicated her life to supporting his career, may be hindering gender parity in literature.

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We all need a wife.
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31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors

31 Most Invaluable Pieces Of Writing Advice From Famous Authors | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
Many avid readers are also avid writers. It only makes sense that someone who loves the beauty of language would want to make a craft of it.

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How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica?

How does your husband like the ‘research’ for your erotica? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Chuck Wendig asked women authors to tell the idiotic/sexist/misogynist/offensive questions they get asked. Read the whole comments thread.


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Sign Up for Author Abuse

Sign Up for Author Abuse | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

Author Abuse is a social network (Have you been victimized by a book publishing company?


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*sigh* I'm not saying there aren't abusive publishers; but having been a publisher, I can tell you that authors are abusive.

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Discouragement for young writers

Discouragement for young writers | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

I’m not saying that in some reverse-psychology, “this is a test,” I’m-being-superficially-discouraging-but-really-think-you-will-make-it sense. I’m saying it in the “you will try and are far more likely to fail than to succeed” sense. In the time it took you to read the last paragraph some 48-year old was laid off by The Village Voice, and they’re smarter than you and have lived ten times what you’ve lived and can write so much better than you I actually almost feel bad for you, and now they’re on the same job market trying to scramble for the same shitty 10-cents-a-word gig recapping a show about couponing for the AV Club in the hopes that they can bang out some soul-destroying tedious bullshit so that a pack of talentless losers in the comments can pick their words apart from the safety of their beige plastic cubicles as they try to distract themselves with pop culture for long enough to keep their all-devouring self-hatred at bay. You might get that gig over them but if so it’s only because you’re young and cheap and stupid and the scuzzy editor thinks he might be able to fuck you after the Christmas party.

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Earl Kemp Flashbacks – Silent Porn Star

Earl Kemp Flashbacks – Silent Porn Star | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it

This week’s flashback is a round-up of all my Earl Kemp interviews:

IntroductionsEarl Kemp On Science FictionEarl Kemp On Censorship & PoliticsEarl Kemp On Reading & WritingEarl Kemp On FamdomEarl Kemp On… Canvas?

See also, Earl Kemp: Acres of Nubile Flesh.


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A look back at a Golden Age in publishing - and the dark side of censorship. (As the site name implies, this site is NWS.)

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Hey, Amazon: Where’s my money?

Hey, Amazon: Where’s my money? | Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic | Scoop.it
My novel shot to the top of the bestseller list last summer. You won't believe how little I got paid

 

Now that I have some quiet time around the house, I’ve started wondering: Why didn’t I just tell my wife’s family the truth to begin with? Why don’t most authors talk about money?

 

My theory: because it’s embarrassing.

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