What We Really Know about J.D. Salinger – The Daily Beast

What We Really Know about J.D. Salinger – The Daily Beast.

Forget the so called revelations about his war experience, his letters to young women, or his testicles, and go back to the Glass family stories. There, says Andrew Romano, is all we ever need to know and understand about Salinger. That’s as close as we’ll ever get—and we should be satisfied with that.

15 Revelations from New J.D. Salinger Biography – The Daily Beast

He liked young women but didn’t want to sleep with them, he married a Gestapo informer, he wanted to play Holden Caulfield in the film. Here are 15 revelations from the juicy new oral biography of the famed author. By Andrew Romano

via 15 Revelations from New J.D. Salinger Biography – The Daily Beast.

Rowling’s law firm admits to ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ authorship leak – UPI.com

Rowling’s law firm admits to ‘Cuckoo’s Calling’ authorship leak – UPI.com. LONDON, July 19 (UPI) — British author J.K. Rowling says she is “angry” the law firm that represents her inadvertently leaked to the media the fact she wrote a book under a pen name.

The detective novel “The Cuckoo’s Calling” had been attributed to Robert Galbraith, however, Rowling confirmed this week a report saying she was its true scribe.

“A tiny number of people knew my pseudonym and it has not been pleasant to wonder for days how a woman whom I had never heard of prior to Sunday night could have found out something that many of my oldest friends did not know,” Rowling said in a statement issued through her publicist Thursday to People.com. “I had assumed that I could expect total confidentiality from Russells, a reputable professional firm and I feel very angry that my trust turned out to be misplaced.”

J. K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax – The Daily Beast

J. K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax – The Daily Beast.

It must have been fun while it lasted, but now J.K. Rowling is back to square one. In a new statement on her website, she comes clean as the perpetrator of one of the best literary hoaxes in recent memory: in April, in collusion with her English editor, she published a detective story titled The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The novel was enthusiastically endorsed by such high-profile crime writers as Val McDermid, even though they had no idea who the real author was. It also got excellent reviews. Then last weekend the Sunday Times broke the story of her authorship, and Rowling quickly fessed up.

J. K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax – The Daily Beast

It must have been fun while it lasted, but now J.K. Rowling is back to square one. In a new statement on her website, she comes clean as the perpetrator of one of the best literary hoaxes in recent memory: in April, in collusion with her English editor, she published a detective story titled The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The novel was enthusiastically endorsed by such high-profile crime writers as Val McDermid, even though they had no idea who the real author was. It also got excellent reviews. Then last weekend the Sunday Times broke the story of her authorship, and Rowling quickly fessed up.  J. K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax – The Daily Beast.

Zimmerman trial juror drops plan to write a book | Reuters

(Reuters) – One of the six jurors in the George Zimmerman trial has abandoned her plans to write a book explaining why she found him not guilty of murder in the shooting of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, her literary agent said on Monday.

The jury’s decision triggered protests across the United States by activists who said Martin was targeted because he was black.

Unidentified juror B37 had signed with Martin Literary Management, an agency based in Mercer Island, Washington, the firm’s president, Sharlene Martin, said in a statement on Monday.

The juror had planned to write the book with her husband, who is an attorney, explaining how the jury had “no option” but to find Zimmerman not guilty, but she subsequently decided not to proceed with publication, Martin added later.  Zimmerman trial juror drops plan to write a book | Reuters.

Self-Edit Your Writing

Here are some thoughts on self-editing your own work from Jason Pegler of mental-health publisher Chipmunka Publishing.

The Basic Principles of Self-Editing

1. Follow a plan for your story. Make sure you understand where each piece you write fits into the narrative and conveys the part of the story it’s intended for.

2. Have a beginning, middle, and end to the story. There are hundreds of online guides than can help you define each one.

3. Keep the story simple. At least to begin with, until you develop as a writer. This will make it far easier to make changes as the work develops. Definitely keep the grammar simple.

4. Be consistent. Try to write in a style you are comfortable with and be sure to follow that style when editing.

5. Ask the following questions at each stage of the book:

a. What does this part of the book convey?
b. Is that the message I want to convey?
c. Is there a better way of getting the message across?

6. Trim out the fat. Look for unnecessary information, wordiness, bulkiness, or unrealistic dialogue. Find it and either find a better way of conveying the information or cut it out.

7. Read out loud. It’s the most simple of skills, but you will quickly hone in on awkward passages, inconsistencies, and unrealistic dialogue. Where possible replace with more natural conversational prose, which makes for easier reading.

8. Walk away from the work before editing. This will allow you to gain a fresh perspective on the best ways to improve the text.

9. Make lots of passes on the text. Keep editing and re-editing. It’s unlikely that the writer will ever edit together his own work perfectly; but the more often you edit, the better your grip of the material will become.

10. Use a peer group of readers. This will give you an external opinion on the content and allow you to hone it accordingly. Remember their criticism is only opinion; so don’t take it as gospel.  But if you hear the same point raised a number of times, then you may have found an issue that needs mending.

11. Find a trusted editor. This ideally is someone who can help you pull together the book and who understands what you are trying to achieve and has the knowledge and skills to make your work better.

Literary Culture Clash

Every year the MacArthur Foundation gives a small number of $500,000 fellowships to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits.” In recent years, this so called “genius grant” has been awarded to, among others, Junot Díaz, Aleksandar Hemon, Edwidge Danticat, and Colson Whitehead. The thing these writers have in common, besides their talent, is that they are represented by the same literary agent: Nicole Aragi.

via Literary Culture Clash, Jonathan Lee interviews Nicole Aragi – Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics.