Archive for the ‘Writers and Social Media’ Category

Poet and professor Dean Rader has begun curating a very interesting forum in the public uses of poetry, 99 Poems for the 99 percent, which will run 99 poems “that address the social, political, economic, aesthetic, and cultural realities of the 99 percent” in 99 days. So far, the site includes poems by Bob Hickok, Rachel Loden, Dana Levin, Derek Mong and Matthew Zapruder. The poems are good, with more to come, but what interests me is Rader’s cr-aa-aa-zy notion that poetry, of all things, might have some legitimate use in the public sphere. Now that’s a radical idea. Go, Dean! Highly recommended.


Colson Whitehead on the the writer’s use of social media:

“I used to think that I was the only one hunched over a keyboard in soiled pajamas, rummaging through the catalogue of my failures and intermittently weeping. Now, I open Twitter and see that I am not alone. I am part of a vast and wretched assembly of freaks who are not fit for decent work and thus must write, or wither.” More here. Recommended. And funny.

(Whitehead tweets, by the way, at @colsonwhitehead. Now ya know.)

(Photo by George Chriss.)

If you don’t get enough Tweets already, GalleyCat has published a nice set of lists for:

  • Best Book Editors on Twitter
  • Best Literary Agents on Twitter
  • Best Book Reviewers on Twitter
  • Best Book Publicity and Marketing Twitter Feeds
  • Best eBook News on Twitter
  • Best Library People on Twitter
  • Women in Publishing

Check the link:  Best Book Editors on Twitter – GalleyCat.

Ingrid Ricks breaks down the basics of author self-promotion: build a web site, use social media, blog, reach out to book bloggers, send out press releases. Good advice, but Bat Terrier wonders what ever happened to silence, exile, and cunning as an author’s primary strategies… 😉

Science fiction author, Jason Sandford, explains how writers should make use of social media.

Newsweek article on what’s in the David Foster Wallace archive at the Harry Ransom Center.

Janice Erlbaum explains how to write a poem in fifteen minutes.