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Posts Tagged ‘Ann Beattie’

National Book Award Winner Cynthia Kadohata on Self-Editing: “It involves a lot of flailing around.”

cynthia_kadohataNewbery Medal winner Cynthia Kadohata now adds “winner of the 2013 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category” to her list of achievements. Kadohata earned this honor for her middle grade novel, The Thing About Luck. Throughout her career, she has also written adult novels and short stories. We caught up with her to learn more about her secrets to success. Check out the highlights from our interview below…

Q: How do you self-edit?
A: I try to find my deepest, often hidden feelings about what’s working and what’s not. This is difficult because I do lie to myself without being aware that that’s what I’m doing. For me it’s mainly a matter of finding the path to being honest with myself, which is not always a path I enjoy walking down. It’s not an orderly process. It involves a lot of flailing around.

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Can You Include Song Lyrics in Your Book?

recordplayerHave you ever quoted song lyrics in your book? Music can set the mood, evoke a certain setting or channel a particular emotion.

However, writers need to be aware of copyright issues surrounding music in books. We caught up with Copyright Clearance Center‘s author and creator relations director Christopher Kenneally, discovering the key questions authors should ask before including a song. Kenneally explained:

Consider not quoting the song. Lyrics, like all creative expression, are copyrighted. Copyright gives the author or creator the exclusive right to republication of the work. Any writer who wishes to quote lyrics, or for that matter, passages from another’s book, must obtain permission first. It’s probably worth asking how necessary or vital such quotation is to any particular creative work.

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SMU Provost Lays Out Future of SMU Press

smulogo.jpgFollowing a wave of public support (including tributes from novelists Ann Beattie and Richard Russo) the Southern Methodist University provost said that SMU Press operations would halt on May 31–but offered hope that the university may “recreate the press” in a new incarnation.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the university’s provost Paul W. Ludden wrote an open letter about the press, offering a measure of hope about the future. Dallas News noted that SMU Press survives on a yearly budget of about $400,000–usually publishing around 10 books each year.

Here is an excerpt from the letter: “As a result of our initial decision to suspend operations, we have received many comments and offers of assistance to recreate the press in a positive, forward-looking manner … If the university is to have a press going forward, it needs to be a model for academic presses of the future within this digital age.”