Ernest Hemingway famously said his secret was to “write drunk, edit sober.”
Or did he? Lexington humor writer Andrew Shaffer (he published the popular "Fifty Shames of Earl Grey" parody last year) respectfully debunks this attribution in his new book, "Literary Rogues: A Scandalous History of Wayward Authors," which takes a closer look the myths behind Papa Hemingway and his fellow artists who lived lives as large as their texts.
"He actually didn’t say that quote. In fact, he never drank when he was writing," says Shaffer. "He put in his words every morning and drank the rest of the day, as soon as he was finished with his word quota. He’s supposed to be the image of the macho drunk writer, and then you find out that, well, he really didn’t. But he kept up this aura about himself and perpetuated the myth."
Aspiring authors, take note.
The misattributed quote appears all over the 'Net, however, so it's doubtful the record is going to get set straight anytime soon (if ever). For more on the origins of "write drunk, edit sober," see http://mattwie.be
Amazon's "Kindle Select" lending program requires authors to offer their ebooks exclusively through Amazon to receive benefits of the program, such as being in the Kindle lending library and offering free ebooks once every three months. That exclusivity comes with a price, however:
"Almost like clockwork at KindleBoards, it seems like every other month or so, there's a thread of authors decrying their drop in sales at Amazon, and then the speculation ensues about why their sales dried up. Did Amazon change their algorithms? Maybe, maybe not. It doesn't really matter. Algorithm changes or not, there's a lot of randomness in this game at every retailer. Sales go up, sales go down, often without reason. When someone's getting 90 or 100% of their sales from a single retailer, and that retailer rolls over in their sleep and accidentally crushes them, there's not a lot of recourse."
— Smashwords' Mark Coker on the problems with ebook exclusivity
This is pretty exciting: Disney has created an action figure of James Franco, America's favorite poet and short story writer.
(And, in case you're wondering, the toy is listed as being 11 inches.)
"Just because you can wear Crocs, doesn't mean you should."
- literary agent Carrie Howland, interviewed at Akashic Books