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The Dreaded Silence: How I Nearly Gave Up Writing

The Dreaded Silence: How I Nearly Gave Up Writing  (from author Barbara Rogan’s blog)

Jenny Elliott

Jenny Elliott

I’m delighted to welcome Jenny Elliott to In Cold Ink. Jenny is the author of SAVE ME, a delightful blend of paranormal and romance. She’s also a lovely person and, I’m proud to say, a former student of mine. Jenny’s first book sold to Macmillan and came out last month to terrific reviews: a very happy ending to a long journey that almost didn’t happen. But I’ll let Jenny tell the story, and I’m guessing quite a few readers of this blog will relate.”

This is definitely a story for writers, especially those of us who don’t find our way as quickly as we thought we would.

Book News

  1. BookBitsNew Title: Take a Look – Dr. Seuss Has a New Book – “Random House Children’s Books said Wednesday it will publish a recently discovered manuscript with illustrations called “What Pet Should I Get” on July 28. The publisher plans at least two more books, based on materials found in 2013 in the author’s home in La Jolla, California, by his widow and secretary.” – ABC News
  2. spoolofbluethreadReview: “A Spool of Blue Thread,” by Anne Tyler, reviewed by Carole Turner – “The Whitshanks are the kind of family that only someone with Anne Tyler’s writing skills can bring to life believably. As always, she fleshes out her characters with a mix of faults, quirks and redeeming qualities.” – Book Reporter
  3. News: Cooperative Children’s Book Center Stats Show Children’s Books Shifting Toward Diversity, by Natasha Gilmore – “For the past 25 years, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, housed within UW-Madison’s School of Education, has tracked diversity in children’s books, and for a number of those years, children’s books by and about people of color has remained flat. But the most recent figures released on Wednesday indicate that diversity is slowly coming to children’s books.” – Publishers Weekly
  4. Kelly Link

    Kelly Link

    Interview: Memory Is a Mysterious Machine: Kelly Link (“Get In Trouble”) with with Hilary Lawlor – “Kelly Link, reigning queen of the strange, wonderful, fantastical short story, is putting out a new story collection this month called Get In Trouble. Lauded by Neil Gaiman as ‘a national treasure,’ she has been delighting the fiction world with her creations for nearly 20 years. I was able to send her a few questions about her new book, and her fiction in general, before her upcoming reading at Elliott Bay Book Company.” – The Millions

  5. Lists: 2015 book to film adaptations – “Following the opening weekend of Fifty Shades of Grey, we’re busy thinking about which book to film adaptations we’re most excited to see next! Here’s a list of the biggest books coming to screens this Spring.” – Book Page
  6. News: The New New York Times Magazine, by Joe Pompeo – “At the end of 2013, six months before her executive editorship of The New York Times came to a screeching halt, Jill Abramson began a reboot of the paper’s venerable Sunday magazine. The goal, as Abramson put it in a staff memo, was to figure out how the title ‘relates to the rest of our news report and how it can be the most distinctive, edifying, pleasurable part of our news offerings.'”  – Editor & Publisher
  7. twitterlogoFestivals: “The 2015 #TwitterFiction Festival will take place May 11-15. The festival is presented by the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House, and is about “embracing, exploring, and developing the art of storytelling on Twitter.” This year, featured participating authors include Margaret Atwood, Celeste Ng, Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket), and Eric Jerome Dickey, among others.” – Poets & Writers
  8. Kazuo Ishiguro

    Kazuo Ishiguro

    Interview: Kazuo Ishiguro’s turn to fantasy, with Alex Clark – “Dragons, ogres, pixies? It’s not what is expected of Kazuo Ishiguro, but they feature in The Buried Giant, his first novel for 10 years. Behind the turn to fantasy, however, lies his familar fascination with the past and individual moral choices. He talks to Alex Clark about film, memory – and his taste for tea and cake” – The Guardian

  9. Viewpoint: Teenager’s 10 Steps To Become Successfully Self-Published – “Aaron Ozee, a prolific 18-year-old self-published poet, offers his sometimes unorthodox methodology for becoming a bestselling author.” – Publishing Perspectives
  10. Feature: Laura van den Berg is the best youn’ writer in America, by Claire Cameron – “Laura van den Berg’s debut novel “Find Me’ is earning deserved comparisons to Margaret Atwood and Kazuo Ishiguro.” – Salon

Book Bits is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of “Emily’s Stores,” “Jock Stewart and the Missing Sea of Fire,” and the upcoming “Conjure Woman’s Cat.”


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