Creating new stories from established ones has become a true phenomenon
Fan fiction has become a true phenomenon. Websites such as fanfiction.net and Archive of Our Own boast millions of self-published stories, written by fans and set in the fictional worlds of book series such as Harry Potter and Twilight and TV series such as Star Trek, Supernatural, Teen Wolf, and many others, with more added every day.
As Anne Jamison points out in her 2013 history Fic, some of the first modern fan fiction appeared in Star Trek fanzines ...
He wrote to satisfy his own interests until readers started catching on
D.J. Molles photographed by Tara Molles.
Sometimes success finds you when you stop trying to find success. Take D.J. Molles: he stopped writing altogether after a number of rejections, staying busy with his day job as a police officer. Then he started writing again but wrote for himself, with no thought of getting published. The result was The Remaining, the first book of what is now a series published by Orbit, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group. Book 5 in the series, The Remaining ...
A little linguistic advice
This tomato simply did not exist in medieval pre-Columbus Italy.
Since Kirkus Indie reviewers have critiqued thousands of memoirs, novels, mysteries, thrillers, etc., we thought we’d call on them occasionally to share insight and advice from the front lines of self-publishing. In this issue, several veteran reviewers note the recurring errors they spot on their sojourns through Indieland.
Ivan Kenneally, who also writes for the Los Angeles Review of Books and Open Letters Monthly, bemoans the rampant misuse of the semicolon, which is “apparently a great grammatical mystery,” he ...
Within Indie publishing, voices or stories that might otherwise be ignored get their opportunity to be heard. We often see titles that explore some corner of social-justice or civil rights issues, adding detail and diversity to the historic record.
In Destiny’s Child: Memoirs of a Preacher’s Daughter, Taylor Gibbs gives a firsthand account of her family’s work with Eleanor Roosevelt, Thurgood Marshall, a young Martin Luther King Jr., Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Clintons and the Obamas. And it’s not just hagiography ...
This month, we talk to Allison Hill, the president and CEO of Vroman’s Bookstore, Southern California’s oldest and largest independent bookstore and Publishers Weekly’s “Bookseller of the Year” for 2008, as well as Book Soup, the legendary “Bookseller to the Great & Infamous,” located in the heart of the world-famous Sunset Strip.
What is Vroman’s famous for?
Staying in business so long! One hundred twenty years this November!
If Vroman’s were a religion, what would be its ...
Meeting authors, not just reading them
Remember, if you take your nose out of your book and your thumb off your Kindle, you can go out in the world and meet authors, not just read them. Reading, as we all know, doesn’t have to be a pastime of solitude. Sometimes, though, while we’re reviewing hundreds of books a month and interacting with authors primarily through email and phone, we lose sight of the fact that these are people; men and women are behind the words and ...
An interview with bookseller Sarah Bagby
Sarah Bagby owns Watermark Books & Café in Wichita, Kansas. Founded in 1977, the bookstore brings people together over books and eats via their dozen-plus book clubs—from Vampires Anonymous to the Classic Book Club—and their monthly Literary Feast, a discussion held over dinner and dessert, led by Bagby and Jedd Beaudoin, host of the local public radio station. Bagby was a nonfiction judge of the inaugural 2014 Kirkus Prize.
What is Watermark Books and Café known for?
Like most thriving ...
The state of the industry
Kirkus started its self-pubbed section in 2005 (it was then called Kirkus Discoveries and is now Kirkus Indie). Since then, Indie reviewers have critiqued thousands of memoirs, novels, mysteries, thrillers, etc., and have good insight and advice to share from the front lines of self-publishing. In this issue, several veteran reviewers note a few changes they’ve seen—better editing, more literary work and increasing diversity.
Steve Donoghue, who also writes for the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe, appreciates “the ...