The danger in hero worship is that when authors fall, they fall hard, and it makes a mess that could have been avoided by admitting that authors are human.
To believe the hype, it was white authors like Jules Verne who created science fiction. But was it? Are you sure that white authors were at the core of the development of horror? Of a huge variety of other genres and literary movements? You might be aware that the Beats weren’t all white (hello, Langston […]
For authors, survival in the publishing world is mediated by a number of factors, but one of the most important is sales. If people are buying your books, your publisher is interested in acquiring more of your books and producing them. If people are not, and you’re not earning out your advances, you’re of less interest […]
Earlier this year, Rob Thomas broke all kinds of records with a Kickstarter campaign to make a Veronica Mars movie. When I first saw the campaign and the ambitious goals, I wasn’t sure if he could do it. He ended up meeting his goal within the first day, blowing far past the amount of money […]
Judy Blume has landed herself quite a double-header of fame: She’s probably one of the most famous authors for middle grade readers[1. US readers: Who read at least one Judy Blume book while in elementary or middle school? Raise your hands!] and she’s also one of the most challenged authors of the 20th century. She […]