Tag Archives: Lori Cates Hand

Blogs About Writing: March Madness Blogging Deathmatches

2 Apr

I always thought one of the brighter developments in the late ’80s and early ’90s as far as writing goes was the rise of the poetry slam, competitive poetry readings. When I was in grad school we’d periodically head over to Deep Ellum in Dallas to watch—more or less figuratively speaking—knockdown drag outs between different poets. That’s what creative writing types—you know, those self-absorbed solitary souls sprawled out on their floors consumed by angst-ridden existential despair over the enormity of the universe in comparison to the feebleness of mere words to describe its uncaring grandeur—tend to really need: a good round of writing deathsport to put things in perspective.

And, as I used to tell my first-semester comp students, I didn’t just want them to be the best writers in their classes when they moved on to the next semester, I wanted them to so thoroughly shame their future classmates that they (and their entire families) would be forced by the sheer humiliation of it all into a butt-kicked relocation program. In the end, however, this probably says a lot more about me—and certainly nothing particularly flattering . . . much as the first essay we read each semester by Richard Ford called “In the Face” that discussed the internal and external ramifications he’d encountered by punching people he felt deserved it at the drop of a hat—as opposed to my students or my ability to teach them to write.

Anyway, metaphorical and literal punching aside, it is good to see that courtesy of the Writer’s Resource Center there is a similar competition going on this month with blogs about writing and/or the business of writing.

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Meet the Publisher: Shameless Self-Promotion, Part II

24 Mar

foner-books-logo.jpgMany thanks are due to Morris Rosenthal over at his Self-Publishing blog for posting this email interview I did with him recently. Morris is one of the real gurus of self-publishing through print-on-demand (POD) and his blog is full of useful nuts and bolts information about the business. Not surprisingly, then, he asked me primarily about POD in relationship to the kind of books we publish as opposed to our operation in general as I talked with Lori Cates Hand a while back in this post at her Publishing Careers blog.

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