What book-lover hasn’t at least thought about bringing his e-reader into the bath, shower, or even the pool? How many have ruined e-readers this way? But bathtub reading isn’t a problem with the new $180 Kobo Aura H2O, a waterproof E Ink e-reader that can survive being dunked in more than 3 feet of water for 30 minutes, assuming its port cover is closed.  

Finally! Was that too much to ask?

Inside Charlie’s Chocolate Factory: The Complete Story of Willy Wonka, the Golden Ticket, and Roald Dahl’s Most Famous Creation by Lucy Mangan. Foreword by Sophie Dahl. Puffin Books, 2014.

Looking for a nice way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s classic,  Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Inside Charlies’s Chocolate Factory provides a in-depth look at the life of this classic. From its publishing history to the history of its illustrators to the movie adaptations to the overall impact the book has had on our culture the book will surely add a sprinkle to Dahl cannon.

Who knew that the book was originally published in America and not the UK or that Maurice Sendak was supposed to be the original illustrator but was too busy working on a book called Where The Wild Things Are or that rumors where abound that the NAACP would picket the movie theaters showing the 1971 film version because they were troubled by the title of the book for, at that time, ‘chocolate’ was a derogatory term for black people and that ‘Charlie’ was hipster slang for white people.

Pre Order: Amazon | Powell’s

First Edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

1971 film version: Buy

2005 film version: Watch | Buy

Lit Mag Spotlight: Nimrod International Journal

It’s the last full month of summer, and we’re shining our Lit Mag Spotlight on the renowned Nimrod International Journal. Run out of the University of Tulsa and in print since 1956 (!!), Nimrod aims to publish new and well-known writers alike from all walks of life and all corners of the globe. Read a little about their mission, what makes them cringe, and why you should subscribe (or keep subscribing)! Enjoy!

CONTEST: Comment on the blog post (link above) by September 3 to enter to win a one-year subscription to Nimrod!

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Junot Diaz, Ken Chen, Dawn Davis and Johnny Temple are just a few of the voices in the second installment of Lynn Neary’s series on diversity in publishing. (Here’s the first, and here’s the Pew study mentioned above.)

You can join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #whoisgettingpublished, or send us a story of your own experience here.

Do you know why teachers use me? Because I speak in tongues. I write metaphors. Every one of my stories is a metaphor you can remember. The great religions are all metaphor. We appreciate things like Daniel and the lion’s den, and the Tower of Babel. People remember these metaphors because they are so vivid you can’t get free of them and that’s what kids like in school. They read about rocket ships and encounters in space, tales of dinosaurs. All my life I’ve been running through the fields and picking up bright objects. I turn one over and say, Yeah, there’s a story.
—  Friday would have been Ray Bradbury’s 94th birthday, which is why Dan Piepenbring, at The Paris Review Dailylooked back on one of Bradbury’s classic stories and picked out some choice quotes from his Art of Fiction interview. Piepenbring also pointed out that the story gets a mention in, among other places, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. You could supplement this by reading Tanjil Rashid on the author’s Middle East connection.

Some cover art done for my book by the fabulous artist Erin Plew.  Caged Boy Sings The Book is still coming, kids. I’m not entirely sure how to describe it, but let’s just say that if Chuck Palahniuk and Oscar Wilde got Jackie Collins Pregnant, and Sylvia Plath and Chelsea Handler performed the abortion, the fetus would look something like Caged Boy Sings. It’s an amalgamation of so many different emotions, characters and experiences. It’s everything, it’s nothing, and it’s shaping up to be one hell of a nasty little piece of work. Pre-order at cagedboysings.com or pick up your copy on September 1, 2014. You won’t regret it.

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Liked watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk last year? Then consider picking up a copy of We Should All Be Feminists. The longform essay, now published as an ebook original, was adapted from topics Adichie touched upon in her speech, among them the importance of being a feminist in the twenty-first century. You could also look back on Adichie’s Year in Reading piece.

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Working On My Novel, Cory Arcangel (2014)

Working On My Novel is a book which is based on a twitter feed that re-tweets the best posts featuring the phrase “working on my novel.”

What does it feel like to try and create something new? How is it possible to find a space for the demands of writing a novel in a world of instant communication?

Working On My Novel is about the act of creation and the gap between the different ways we express ourselves today. Exploring the extremes of making art, from satisfaction and even euphoria to those days or nights when nothing will come, it’s the story of what it means to be a creative person, and why we keep on trying.

(All of the tweets collected in this book are used with the permission of the original authors.)

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd 

Interested in self-publishing your book?

As you guys know, my first book The Cherry on Top will be released this Tuesday!

In honor of that, I thought I’d offer up my experiences with the process. So, ask me questions! What are your concerns? What do you want to know about writing, formatting, editing a book? Do you have questions on how much advice to take from your beta readers? Questions on marketing? 

Or, maybe you have content questions. How to write a tasteful love scene or the different ways to describe a kiss!

For the next week, I am open and ready for questions. Better to ask me now that the process is still fresh in my head!

Just know that I will answer questions publicly, so that every one can see your questions, so follow the blog to be sure you get your answers. I will also tag people who use their username so that you’re sure to see my responses!

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

1. The first draft of everything is shit. -Ernest Hemingway

2. Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass. -David Ogilvy

3. If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy. – Dorothy Parker

4. Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? “She drove me to my practice at four in the morning,” etc. Writing is not figure skating or skiing. Your mother will not make you a writer. My advice to any young person who wants to write is: leave home. -Paul Theroux

5. I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide. — Harper Lee

6. You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ― Jack London

7. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout with some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. — George Orwell

8. There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are. ― W. Somerset Maugham

9. If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time — or the tools — to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King

10. Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong. – Neil Gaiman

11. Imagine that you are dying. If you had a terminal disease would you finish this book? Why not? The thing that annoys this 10-weeks-to-live self is the thing that is wrong with the book. So change it. Stop arguing with yourself. Change it. See? Easy. And no one had to die. – Anne Enright

12. If writing seems hard, it’s because it is hard. It’s one of the hardest things people do. – William Zinsser

13. Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you’ve been to college. – Kurt Vonnegut

14. Prose is architecture, not interior decoration. – Ernest Hemingway

15. Write drunk, edit sober. – Ernest Hemingway

16. Get through a draft as quickly as possible. Hard to know the shape of the thing until you have a draft. Literally, when I wrote the last page of my first draft of Lincoln’s Melancholy I thought, Oh, shit, now I get the shape of this. But I had wasted years, literally years, writing and re-writing the first third to first half. The old writer’s rule applies: Have the courage to write badly. – Joshua Wolf Shenk

17. Substitute ‘damn’ every time you’re inclined to write ‘very;’ your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be. – Mark Twain

18. Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that — but you are the only you.― Neil Gaiman

19. Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. – Oscar Wilde

20. You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you. ― Ray Bradbury

21. Don’t take anyone’s writing advice too seriously.– Lev Grossman

Source:  http://thoughtcatalog.com/cody-delistraty/2013/09/21-harsh-but-eye-opening-writing-tips-from-great-authors/

Query: Dear Sir or Madam; I have written a book that I feel would be an excellent addition to your press. I am submitting it now according to your requested guidelines on the internet. My email doesn’t do “attachments” so I’m just going to copy and paste my manuscript proposal into the actual email. It’s a long file so I’ll have to spread it out over a number of emails. I hope you like the project; I’d really like to work with you.

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