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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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