The Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices is a one-week intensive workshop in fiction, genre fiction, nonfiction, playwriting or poetry for LGBTQ writers. Hosted by the Lambda Literary Foundation, it is an amazing chance to learn from the LGBTQ writing community. Tony Valenzuela, Executive Director of Lambda Literary, shares what to expect in the Retreat and how you can apply. The application deadline is January 5, 2015!
Lucy Silag: Tell us about Lambda Literary as a whole–what are some of the main goals of the organization, and what’s your role within it?
Tony Valenzuela: I’m the Executive Director of Lambda Literary.
I’ll start by telling you our mission: “Lambda Literary believes Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer literature is fundamental to the preservation of our culture, and that LGBTQ lives are affirmed when our stories are written, published and read.” Our programs – the Lambda Literary Awards, the Lambda Literary Review, LGBTQ Writers in Schools, and the Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices – serve emerging and established writers, readers of all stripes looking for the next great book to pick up, librarians and booksellers interested in stocking their shelves with the best contemporary queer literature, publishers who want their titles reviewed and to win awards, and students who want to discuss queer literature in their classrooms. No other nonprofit organization in the world does as much to advance LGBTQ literature. Continue reading →
Here, as part of our month-long “Good Prose Month” series, the Copy Chief of Random House provides a fascinating collection of obscure and playful writing distinctions, from A(ntiques) to X(-ray). Continue reading →
As someone who loves looking out the window, I was excited to learn about how 50 of the world’s prominent writers relate to their own window views in Matteo Pericoli’s WINDOWS ON THE WORLD, published by Penguin Press. While reading through various profiles, from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to T.C. Boyle, I got to experience a small slice of the daily lives of writers through their own eyes. In the interview below, Matteo Pericoli shares the inspiration behind WINDOWS ON THE WORLD and the insights he gained from working on this project.
Q: You are an architect, teacher, and, of course, the author and illustrator of many books. How did you form the idea for WINDOWS ON THE WORLD?
Matteo Pericoli: In 2004 I paused in front of the window at my Upper West Side apartment and felt an urge to take the view with me. I had looked out that window for seven years, day after day, taking in that particular arrangement of buildings, and, now, I was about to move out. Without knowing it, this view had become my most familiar image of the city. So, on that day, I finally paid attention. I drew it, frame and all, on a large sheet of brown paper noticing for the first time the quantity of things I didn’t know I had been looking at for so long. Since then, I’ve spent years drawing window views. Continue reading →
Many people struggle to be creative. We see creative people and their work around us and compare ourselves. We don’t know how to be creative, or worse, we did once, and now we’re feeling blocked, bored or unsure. Tired of this happening to you? Continue reading →
We’ve just updated our Waiting to Be Discovered section with new books for you to enjoy! Giving and receiving feedback are what make Book Country such a supportive online place for aspiring authors. Take a look at these titles below and start reviewing! Continue reading →
If you’re a writer and you’re trying to decide whether to go to a regional or national conference, then my advice is to go. Granted, my experiences are limited to conferences related to the romance genre, but I think some things are going to translate no matter what genre is represented. Whether it’s a national or regional conference, there are going to be pros and cons—and I feel in most cases, the pros will outweigh the other.
What conferences can give you:
1. Networking with other writers at various stages in their careers. A conference is one of the best places to meet a critique partner or mentor. It’s also a place to be with like-minded individuals. I cherish those few days a year where I can walk up to virtually anyone and have something in common with him/her. Continue reading →
NaNoWriMo is only one month away! October is the perfect time to start outlining your novel before the mad rush of writing begins in November. Book Country member D.J. Lutz shares how using the Snowflake Method can help you make NaNoWriMo a success!
Hi, my name is DJ, and I am a recovering pants’er.
What do I mean by pants’er? Well, in late October, 2008 I discovered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and decided I could scribble out a 50,000 word first draft by the end of November. No prep, no editing, just flat out stream of consciousness clacking on the keyboard. Fueled by venti Americanos with extra shots of espresso, I would go on to write my first ever novel PECOS BILL AND THE CURSED GOLD by the seat of my pants.
I finished well over the requisite 50k word count. Of course, the novel had no discernable structure other than “ramble,” which I don’t think counts. It was, however, fun to write and the experience taught me about the time management and discipline professional writers need to be successful. But as a coherent novel it lacked. Everything. It was time to research the craft of writing. Continue reading →
Creativity is abound this summer! The Book Country team has uploaded 10 new Waiting to Be Discovered books on the Read and Review page. We have quite a diverse mix including a memoir, a couple contemporary romances, and a story about an immortal empress-in-hiding trying to run away from dangerous religious zealots.
I am a copywriter. This is not to be confused with a copyeditor (who makes sure the gods of grammar are not angered) or a copyrighter (which I don’t think is a real thing, but I assume would be someone who enforces copyright law). I’m the person who writes what’s on the covers of books and retailer websites. Continue reading →
We’re excited to share new Waiting to Be Discovered books at Book Country! Reading and reviewing each other’s work are a great way to meet new writers and improve your own writing skills. Visit our Read and Review page to see our selection of Waiting to Be Discovered books as well as other featured titles. Continue reading →