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Darwinian Writing Advice

What will happen to writers as the publishing recession continues? One novelist thinks the economic collapse is a test for writers: “It’s survival of the fittest,” explained the famous “Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction” in this GalleyCat video interview. “How bad do you want it? Will you write, even if you are poorly paid?”

Last week, we published a video essay and interview with novelist James Ellroy–exploring the secret histories behind his new novel, “Blood’s A Rover.” The crime novelist had so much to say about publishing and writing that we had to run a second video collecting outtakes from this interview.

Here’s more from the first installment of the interview: “The book begins in 1968 in Los Angeles, as a cast of crooked LAPD cops and obsessive FBI spooks infiltrate two fictional militant activist groups, the Black Tribe Alliance and the Mau Mau Liberation Front. While researching the interview, GalleyCat uncovered some vintage footage of a real raid on Black Panther headquarters in 1969 that turned LA into a war zone. This video essay mixes real footage with Ellroy’s interview.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.