How The Brontë Sisters Used Vanity Publishing - There are many routes into having a book published today, as I found at an event I took part in at Sheffield’s Off The Shelf literary festival yesterday, b...
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Few writers will achieve the mythic status and brooding, intense and troubled character of big names like Ernest Hemingway and Emily Brontë, or the bank balance of the likes of J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown, so making ends meet and doing a bit of self-promotion are vital. (Pam Norfolk)Ebony interviews singer and songwriter Nona Hendryx (exmember of Labelle):
Nona, whose latest solo album Mutatis Mutandis came out last year, says, “I had always read and wrote poetry. In school, my first love was writing, but I was into reading the works of e.e. cummings, the Brontë sisters and James Weldon Johnson. Years later, I got into H. Rap Brown and Nikki Giovanni. One of the first songs I ever wrote was with my old friend Curtis Mayfield, who encouraged me as a lyricist.” (Michael A. Gonzales)The New York Magazine about body image:
In literature, fat has persistently marked a character as disagreeable. The corpulent John Reed in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Mrs. Van Hopper in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca are both bullies. (Lionel Shriver)Karen Moller tells a story about draconian censorship in the realm of vanity publishing. In Swans Commentary:
My novel, Forbidden Games -- Wuthering Heights in a contemporary spirit -- is set first in the wilds of the Canadian mountains, then in the European world of fashion and the arts. When the father in the story, brings home Tor, his son by his deceased lover, a friendship develops between the two half-siblings. In the first part, approximately 50 pages, Tor, twelve as the story opens, struggles with his raging hormones. His half-sister Julie, ten years old envies the power and freedom of boys. She begins to feel her own power when she discovers that her developing body has an interest and fascination for Tor. Their exhibitionistic and voyeuristic games, entirely in their minds, are kept at arm's length by the boy's guilt-laden Catholic upbringing. The activities and thoughts of these adolescents are natural and innocent, and the language, to me, not only inoffensive, but can be found in millions of books on the market. At no point is there any physical contact between the two half-siblings until, as a joke, Tor, age eighteen, shocks his sister by asking her to put her hand into his bottomless pocket.SugarScape on Miley Cyrus's recent Harper Bazaar shoot:
Nowhere in the Author House advertising or contract is there any reference to censorship and yet Author House informed me that I had to modify my manuscript as it did not pass the censorship of Author Solutions Inc.
Granted it's not a dress you'd probably wear down the shops, but for frolicking about in a meadow while pretending to be some sort of Brontë heroine, Miley has totally cracked it. (Linds Fole...)Teen Ink reviews Fitzwilliam Darcy. An Honourable Man by Brenda J. Webb:
This novel is a seemingly effortless blend of the perfect love story of Pride and Prejudice with the darker, Victorian feel of Jane Eyre.silviasenglish (in Portuguese) posts about Wuthering Heights; The Briarfield Chronicles compares Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and emmabookblogger does the same with Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca and Jane Eyre; Club de Lectura 2.0 (in Spanish) has an ongoing discussion about Jane Eyre.