The Query Letter, Demystified

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Over at GalleyCat, Jason Boog’s recent post will be just the ticket for those in throes of putting together the perfect query letter. “23 Literary Agent Query Letters That Worked,” is a list of, well, twenty-three query letters representing virtually every writing genre. GalleyCat gathered the samples from “agency websites, agent blogs and the AgentQuery [….]

Beastie Boys’ ‘Sabotage’ Gets Remade By Librarians (VIDEO)

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From The Huffington Post: While a number of things may come to mind when reflecting upon director Spike Jonze’s 1994 classic music video for the Beastie Boys’ hit song “Sabotage,” librarians and books never really made that list. Until now. You may want to turn your books in on time, as the fine looks pretty [….]

Beautiful, Devastating Spoken Word Poem

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From Gawker. God, is this perfect or what? When a poem is powerful enough to get the Internet to stop and take notice, you know it must be something truly special. And Neil Hilborn’s love poem “OCD” absolutely is. Performed during the Individual Finals of this year’s Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam, Hilborn’s ode to love [….]

Carolyn Turgeon Discusses Her Book ‘The Fairest of Them All’

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Carolyn Turgeon describes The Fairest of Them All, a completely new take on the original Rapunzel fairy tale. Synopsis In this kingdom, only one fairy tale can end with happily ever after. In an enchanted forest, the maiden Rapunzel’s beautiful voice captivates a young prince hunting nearby. Overcome, he climbs her long golden hair to [….]

Authors on Short Stories

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We love this post from Poets & Writers. Some really incredibly writers discuss writing short stories versus writing novels. Make every word count. Bring characters to life, quickly. Boil it down to the essentials. Believe in your story. These are some of the challenges that acclaimed short story writers—such as James Jones, Susan Minot, Peter [….]

Rare Recording of James Joyce Reading ‘Ulysses’

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From Flavorwire: While celebrating Bloomsday — the day we celebrate James Joyce’s 1922 novel, Ulysses. Our friends at Open Culture have shared a wonderful audio recording of the author reading the Aeolus episode from his book, recorded in 1924. “I believe that it expressed something he wanted said and preserved in his own voice. As [….]

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Trailer

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The precious new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” has debuted. One word to keep in mind: dragons. Warner Bros. released the “Hobbit 2” trailer on Tuesday afternoon, just two days before the teaser will screen in front of prints of the studio’s “Man of Steel” starting on Thursday night. Directed by Peter [….]