Rock Bookshelf: Volume 3
More on Wennergate and some much needed zine motivation.
Hello again. Welcome to the weekly book column. I’m gonna shoot straight with you. I had a very lengthy review of a book lined up for this week. It took me forever but it was worth it. Each word is more brilliant than the last. Each insight more cutting than the one before it. It would win a Pulitzer instantly upon publication. But for various reasons I don’t feel like getting into right now, I had to axe it at the last minute. So here I am, without much to write about this week. Plus, as I write this, I’m about to head to the desert for a few days and am down to the wire. So I apologize if this week’s column seems half-assed. I promise to use at least 50.1% of my ass going forward.
But before I get to the book discussion today, I wanted to plug something that might be helpful to any aspiring authors. The group Authors for Voices of Color is currently hosting an auction to raise money for We Need Diverse Books. There are lots of auctions you can bid on for a chance to connect with some notable authors and publishing industry people. I offered the chance to win a date with me but they informed me that’s not “what they’re going for” and also “gross.” But! In this auction, you can enter to win a chance to talk to Kate Napolitano, who was my editor on SELLOUT. It’s no stretch to say that SELLOUT came out as strong as it did because of the relentless work and insights of Kate. She is a patient miracle worker who has also edited books by authors much less famous than me (like Pamela Anderson, whoever that is). The auction winner gets a 30-minute one-on-one call with her (Kate, not Pamela) and she (Kate, not Pamela) will critique the first ten pages of your book proposal or manuscript. Auction ends on October 3!
Also possibly helpful to aspiring authors would be these past conversations I’ve had with writers: