Susan Farris

355 Flips | 3 Magazines | 4 Likes | 3 Following | 11 Followers | @atkinson34 | From Mississippi, I am a lover of all things creative, strange, and quiet. I find beauty in small places and enjoy drawing it out to share. I like the pace of life to be slow and savory with moments of brilliance.

A Year in Reading: Manjula Martin

<b>1. Reprise</b><br>This was the year I lived in a log cabin in the redwoods and then — suddenly, crudely — I didn’t.This year I moved back to San Francisco …

Books

This Is How You Sell Books In The Digital Age

Penguin Books unveils a clever interactive site, inspired by the iPod’s clicking wheel, to accompany the release of 80 classic e-books.<p>Penguin Books turns 80 this year. To celebrate its birthday, the British imprint of the world’s largest publishing house is releasing a new series of 80 books, …

The Rise of Phone Reading

It’s not the e-reader that will be driving future books sales, it’s the phone; how publishers are rethinking books for the small screen<p>Last fall, Andrew Vestal found himself rocking his baby daughter, Ada, back to sleep every morning between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Cradling Ada in the crook of his arm, …

Books

Are these the greatest books by women you’ll never read?

Given the relative critical neglect suffered by the published writings of women, it’s no surprise that in a new book about ‘unpublished masterpieces’, few of the “lost” literary works featured are by women. But it is still astonishing that, of 78 texts discussed by Bernard Richards and others in …

Yaasha Moriah: 8 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Published 'Immersion'

Yaasha Moriah is the author of ‘Immersion,’ a speculative fiction novelette: <i>Paul Graff, Literary Immersion Expert, makes up adventures for other</i> …

Writing

Literary Fiction’s Open Secret

With the publication of my second book, ‘Little Known Facts,’ lightning seemed to strike. This novel was reviewed on the cover of the New York Times …

This Is What Editors Know About Publishing That Writers Don't

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora, the best answer to any question. Ask a question, get a great answer. Learn from experts and access insider knowledge. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.</i><p><b>Answer by Gideon Rose, editor, Foreign Affairs:</b><p>Good editors really can add …

Writing

Fortune.com

• 1. To license Fortune articles, excerpts, or headlines for republication in various media (including books, eBooks, film, web, newsletters, …

What If Authors Were Paid Every Time Someone Turned a Page?

Amazon is about to find out.<p>When I recently learned of Amazon's new plan to pay some authors for each page that a Kindle user reads, I remembered an editor who looked at my one of my book proposals and said something along the lines of, “It feels like you've only got 20,000 words of material. You …

5 Ways to Help a New Author Out

• Buffer<p>It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. Although there are at least 35 ways you can grow your book yourself, you’re going to …

Writing

Social Media isn’t the point. Storytelling is.

8 things you can (and should) do to become an effective storyteller for your brand<p><i>How do I build an audience, or engage with customers online?</i><p>As a …

Patricia Aufderheide talks about copyright and fair use

<i>Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor in the School of Communication at American University, where she teaches about film and media arts in</i> …

University of Chicago

5 Bad Writing Habits to Drop Right Now

“Let's talk about genre”: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in conversation

The two literary heavyweights talk about the politics of storytelling, the art of the swordfight and why dragons are good for the economy.<p><i>Neil</i> …

7 Free Tools That'll Help Anyone Become a Better Writer Today

The awesome (and scary) thing about being a writer is that you can always improve. It’s why people can sit on a draft for weeks—every time they take …

BookCon 2015: Attendance Up, But Concern Lingers Over 2016 Locale

In its sophomore year, BookCon, ReedPop's new consumer-focused addition to industry trade show BEA, saw a noted jump in attendance. ReedPop, a …

New York City

How 3 Artisans Turned Their Hobbies Into Thriving Businesses (and How You Can, Too)

You work hard, you play hard. Can the two be combined into one thriving, fun business? Sure they can!<p>We've all heard the familiar adage that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. For many folks, that sounds more like a pipe dream than an obtainable reality. But I'm here to …

Is the writing dream over?

The publishing industry is in the middle of a great transformation, a great change. And change, good or bad, is difficult. There are slews of stories …

Never-ending stories: Would you read a 1m-word book?

Books like Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch are getting longer and longer. But are they out of synch with iPhone culture? Hephzibah Anderson takes a look.<p>The death of the attention span might have been declared prematurely<p>Debut novels don’t come more heavyweight than Stephen Jarvis’ Death and Mr …

Books

The skateboarding Iranian vampire diaries

Director Ana Lily Amirpour talks about feminism, porn and her eerie ‘fairy tale’ A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night<p>In the summer of 2003, Ana Lily Amirpour flew from Los Angeles to Iran, the country of her parents. A young American woman in Tehran with an eccentric haircut and a nose piercing, …

Glide into one of the best iPad publishing tools around

Glide helped Jim Dalrymple reboot <i>The Loop</i> into a gorgeous digital magazine way back in October 2013; we’re excited to see how much progress the Glide publishing app, invented by Chris Harris, has made during the time between then and now.<p>We’re not the only ones, either: With 15 days left to go on …

Apps

10 More Annoying Things Editors Do That Make Writers Want to Scream

Singing the praises of my favorite editors—the kind souls who provide invaluable research tips and make my copy shine—has never made my inbox explode …

Writing

I read books by only minority authors for a year. It showed me just how white our reading world is.

By Sunili Govinnage<p>In 2014, I decided that for the entire year, I would not read books written by white authors. My goal was to address the reading practices I developed growing up in Australia, where white authors have dominated the literary world. My high school reading list was filled with the …

Just one in ten authors can earn full-time living from writing, report finds

A report found many authors do not earn minimum wage, with 17 per cent being paid nothing in one full year<p>To many, it is the dream job: nobly toiling to create a fine work of literature or agenda-setting academia.<p>The <b>reality of being a writer</b> has been laid bare in a new report highlighting the low …