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What’s the worst book by a good writer you’ve ever read?
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Or books? I’ve got two in mind, both so bad I can’t get them out of my mind: Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings and Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. I like both writers and had high…Continue

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Miss the smell of printed books?
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Karl Lagerfeld is developing the scent for you! Paper Passion. …Continue

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The future of publishers: marketing?
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The news this week that ebooks are currently ranking as the top format in all trade categories (http://bit.ly/ezode6) is giving fresh life to a recurring question:…Continue

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What’s the worst book by a good writer you’ve ever read?

Or books? I’ve got two in mind, both so bad I can’t get them out of my mind: Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings and Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. I like both writers and had high expectations for both titles, which of course makes my disappointment even worse. Ancient Evenings was published in 1983 and it was highly hyped as Mailer’s return to the novel after an absence of nearly 20 years. Well, based on this densely imagined recreation of Rameses, Nefertiti and life in Egypt’s…See More
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What’s the worst book by a good writer you’ve ever read?

Or books? I’ve got two in mind, both so bad I can’t get them out of my mind: Norman Mailer’s Ancient Evenings and Evelyn Waugh’s The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. I like both writers and had high expectations for both titles, which of course makes my disappointment even worse. Ancient Evenings was published in 1983 and it was highly hyped as Mailer’s return to the novel after an absence of nearly 20 years. Well, based on this densely imagined recreation of Rameses, Nefertiti and life in Egypt’s…See More
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Is this the future of ebooks? Comment as you see fit. http://on.wsj.com/j3SCj0 See More
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Miss the smell of printed books?

Karl Lagerfeld is developing the scent for you! Paper Passion. http://bit.ly/frzy1d
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The future of publishers: marketing?

The news this week that ebooks are currently ranking as the top format in all trade categories (http://bit.ly/ezode6) is giving fresh life to a recurring question: How will the big publishing houses survive the digital revolution? Obviously it’s a critical question coming at a critical time. With much of their money still being invested in printing and distribution, costs that ebooks are making increasingly irrelevant, publishers are really giving off that…See More
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The Magus, by John Folwes
About Me:
I worked as an Executive Editor at Entertainment Weekly for 11 years and (in two separate stints) at People magazine and people.com for 12 years. I often speak to young journalists and try to use myself as an example for inspiration—a guy who spent time in jail, rehab and a psych ward and somehow went on to become a successful editor at Time Inc. and managed to keep himself sane and alive. I’ve tried to reflect those experiences in my books.

My wife, Laurie, and I live in Garden City, N.Y.

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Self-conscious about writing?

Within the past few hours I've talked to two friends who are trying to write and have ideas, but they get blocked by self-consciousness. It's a common problem--and it's a killer for creativity. Don't try to write something that's going to please other people. Try to write something that's only going to please your harshest critic--yourself.

And surely don't try to write something that will appeal to everyone. There's never been a book, story or article that's had universal appeal. I mean the best-selling book in the world is the Bible, and there are LOTS of people who don't like that. So if God can't write a book with universal appeal, who the hell are we to try? Relax. The more you can have fun writing, the better your writing will be.

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At 7:50pm on May 21, 2011, Nelson Souzza said…

Hello my friend Richard ! Have a lovely  Sunday  and enjoy. Warm regards from Rio de Janeiro/ Brasil.

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At 2:00pm on January 27, 2011, Amy Mulligan said…

Hi Richard,

Your personal story is inspiring! Thanks for sharing. New to blogging...but not new to reading. You mention reflecting those experiences in your writing - so I'll check out your Amazon page to find out more about your books...

Amy

At 5:34am on December 18, 2010, SJ Rainne said…

Richard, thank you so much for what you said.  I had the exact same thoughts about what that person said..it was cliched. The fact that my prologue "hooked" you gives me butterflies in my stomach...no kidding!! 

I think what I need to do is pick only a couple of people to ask to look at my writing now and again.  Would you mind being one of them?  Please...

Merry Christmas to you and yours...as for me it is kind of a quiet Christmas this year...so I will be writing, writing, writing...Best...SJ

At 6:19am on December 16, 2010, SJ Rainne said…

Hi Richard--haven't heard from you lately and wondering what ya been up to?  I have been reading Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell.  It was recommended to me by a friend and I am really getting a lot out of it.  For someone with my little experience--understanding the technical basics is very helpful.  Just finished an abstract painting for a client..always brings a smile to my face when the client loves it!  If you have time would you readand comment on my discussion on my prologue (or it may be part of Chapter I) of On the Edge of Scared. I would really like your opinion.  Thanks, Richard.  Have a great day!  SJ

At 9:01pm on December 15, 2010,
Author
C. Pinheiro
said…

Thanks Richard-- I appreciate that you have been getting the word out about this resource. I am going to do an update in January or February-- I've added about 20 new reviewers and most of them seem very good.

 

Christy

At 8:53pm on November 21, 2010,
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Sylvia Massara
said…
Hi Richard. You're very welcome! Email me if you have any questions or need any assistance. You may also want to subscribe to my blogs The Lit Chick Show and Authors Helping Authors. In there you will find a wealth of information about publishing, promotion for authors and interviews with other authors. Cheers, Sylvia
At 9:58am on November 21, 2010, Jaime Huff said…
Thank you! Thanks for contributing to the discussion
At 6:52am on November 21, 2010, SJ Rainne said…
Hi Richard. Thanks for the friend request. Your credentials are very impressive, mine are nill in the fiction writing world. I am hoping to change that with a 3-part series called "The Powers That Be" with the first novel "On the Edge of Scared." It is exciting, but a lot of work! Never been afraid of work though when it is a passion...and writing (and painting) is a passion. SJ
At 2:23am on November 21, 2010, lyla ibrahim said…
Hye. Thanks for the friend request. Check out my blog and keep in touch...huhu http://soulsreunited.blogspot.com
At 6:41pm on November 20, 2010, Kathy Ponce said…
Hi Richard! Thank you for the visit. I just read what you wrote about self-consciousness and writing. It hits me on the spot. I've been trying to hurdle that for a quite a while now. Hopefully I'll conquer the hurdle soon. If you get the chance would love to receive some comments from you on my blog at http://iwritetobelieve.blogspot.com :)
 
 
 

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