Around the Web: Money and Writing, The Left Hand of Darkness, and First Paragraphs

15 Mar 2019

Hello again everyone! I hope you’ve had a fantastic week and that you’re heading into an even more fantastic weekend. I’ve got some excellent articles to share this week. I hope you like them.

Money and A Room of One’s Own


In 1929, Virginia Woolf wrote that a woman must have “a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” But what if you can’t afford one? Sandra Newman asks this question and discusses her own experience with writing and poverty in a recent essay for Electric Literature.


Top Earning Authors


Speaking of money, Lit Hub recently gathered some financial data that shows who the top earning authors were in the last decade. The findings seem to suggest that series, children’s lit, and mysteries are where the money’s at. 


The Left Hand of Darkness


Has an article ever made you really want reread a book you read years back? Charlie Jane Andrews’s recent look at The Left Hand of Darkness in the Paris Review did that for me. Maybe it’ll do the same for you, or if you haven’t read it yet, maybe it’ll convince you to.


Your First Paragraph


Finally, I have a piece about how editors approach open submissions and why the beginning of your manuscript is so important. Just something to keep in mind for those of you planning to submit your writing.




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