If your writer relies on writing for her livelihood, I think it’s perfectly reasonable for her to ask for compensation. Remember: it’s work for her. The time she spends with your book club is time away from writing.
For better or worse, being a writer means putting yourself out there.
Despite being classified as a “terrorist,” I was paroled after serving approximately seven years of a life sentence. However, many Indigenous women I knew who had committed less sensational crimes were not given similar consideration.
It can be tough watching another writer’s career smash through the ceiling while your head keeps bumping against it.
There are no guarantees the cinematic version of your literary masterpiece won’t end up on Rotten Tomatoes with a 26 per cent average on the Tomatometer. If you feel comfortable with the producers and the contract, the wisest thing to do is simply hand over the reins and walk away.
Finding first readers can be stressful. Ask avid readers who don’t have an emotional connection to you.
Brian Francis answers your burning literary questions.
I’m about to publish my second novel. My publisher wants to change the title, and I hate the cover design.
Ask the Agony Editor.
Feminism is a done deal. At least, when I started working on F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism in 2014, that’s what everyone kept telling me.