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Friday, September 18, 2015

Friday Fridge Clean-Out: Links for Writers -- September 18, 2015 Edition

> Like all authors with a new book publishing soon, Michael Laser is on the platform building bandwagon. Or, not, according to his Medium essay. (If you're in Manhattan, you can ignore him at his upcoming KGB Bar book event.)

> At Vela, Lauren Apfel ponders, what's an essayist to do about the comments a piece attracts? Her advice will come in handy for writers in what Slate is calling "The First Person Industrial Complex." 

> I was stunned (in a good way) when I heard D. Watkins speak this summer and knew, instantly, his star would soon explode with two upcoming bold new nonfiction books. This interview reveals some of the reasons why.

> Authors who want to forge productive relationships with strong independent bookstores can learn a lot from this interview at The Writers Circle blog with Margot Sage-El of Watchung Booksellers.

> If you submit to contests, you're probably aware that (big name) judges usually only read the top dozen or so entries passed along by preliminary readers. At Tupelo Press, Robert Pinsky has committed to reading the 100 top picks for the Dorset Prize (full length poetry books).

> Tahoma Literary Review reports on their on-going experiment offering a (free) feedback option for submitting writers.

> Like the author interviews here? Check out Book Q&As With Deborah Kalb.

> Finally, why Los Angeles hates freelance writers. And, for fun: no matter how bookish you are, I bet you've never built literary sand castles like these.

Have a great weekend!

Reminder: There are two book giveaways going on here. For a signed copy of the memoir Rare Bird, leave a comment at Anna Whiston-Donaldson's post by the end of day today, Friday, 9/18. For a copy of Linda Sienkiewicz's novel In the Context of Love, leave a comment at her post until Sunday, 9/27.

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