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nprbooks:

Martha Woodroof’s fascinating series on the process of getting a first novel to market continues over on Monkey See:

To gauge the practicality of investing the long years of speculative writing that it takes to produce a first novel, I asked my agent, Kate Garrick of DeFiore & Company, to estimate the percentage of the first novels submitted to her she considers saleable. Her answer (like all these answers, via e-mail):



I’d probably qualify it a little by saying that I’m only looking for certain kinds of books at any given moment, but I tend to receive queries that cover the whole spectrum of publishing, and so it’s absolutely possible a lot of the books I pass on for being outside my wheelhouse will go on to find homes.
That said: probably 1%? Maybe a little less.



What this says to me is that writing a novel is neither a sound financial investment nor a reliable career move.

And yet, that hasn’t stopped Woodroof — you can read previous installments of her series here, here and here.

nprbooks:

Martha Woodroof’s fascinating series on the process of getting a first novel to market continues over on Monkey See:

To gauge the practicality of investing the long years of speculative writing that it takes to produce a first novel, I asked my agent, Kate Garrick of DeFiore & Company, to estimate the percentage of the first novels submitted to her she considers saleable. Her answer (like all these answers, via e-mail):

I’d probably qualify it a little by saying that I’m only looking for certain kinds of books at any given moment, but I tend to receive queries that cover the whole spectrum of publishing, and so it’s absolutely possible a lot of the books I pass on for being outside my wheelhouse will go on to find homes.

That said: probably 1%? Maybe a little less.

What this says to me is that writing a novel is neither a sound financial investment nor a reliable career move.

And yet, that hasn’t stopped Woodroof — you can read previous installments of her series here, here and here.

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PEN Banned Books Week Hangout on Air with Sherman Alexie on Google+ | PEN American Center
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PEN Banned Books Week Hangout on Air with Sherman Alexie on Google+ | PEN American Center
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A museum is an institution dedicated to creating connections … a meeting point between two arrows of time, the past and the future, and two arrows of complexity, greater and lesser, that originate at the point we call us, and now.

In other words, museums are the fourth dimension.

Joe Hanson offers a beautiful definition of what a museum is. Pair with Stephen Jay Gould, the greatest science writer of all time, on why the sparking of connections is the key to creativity.

Meanwhile, to the brilliant Neil deGrasse Tyson, a museum is a soundbite:

A soundbite is useful because it triggers interest in someone, who then goes and puts in the effort to learn more.  And that’s all a museum can really be.

(via explore-blog)

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Amanda J. Killian: May 4, Master/Class: Eduardo Galeano with Jessica Hagedorn
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We find our homes in any direction,
our shadow of pain comes trailing after us.

Tararith Koe, Cambodian poet

(translator: Aisha Down)