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Follow-Up NaNoWriMo By Playing the ‘How to Be a Writer’ Board Game

latimesDid you take on the National Novel Writing Month challenge? Whether or not you finished your 50,000-word manuscript, we suspect that some of you may be curious about the career path to becoming a successful author.

Earlier this year, journalists Joy Press and Carolyn Kellogg conducted an informal survey and collected more than 200 responses at the The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. This data, illustrations from artist Paul Duginski, and programming from graphic designer Jon Schleuss were used to create the “how to be a writer” digital board game.

Some of the steps that aspiring writers can take include starting a diary, going to the Yaddo writer’s retreat, revising, signing up for a writing class with James Franco, and winning a National Book Award. What do you think?

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Joy Press Appointed Books & Culture Editor at L.A. Times

Joy Press has been promoted to the post of books and culture editor at the Los Angeles Times. The former deputy television editor tweeted the news: “So I have a new job! Bye bye TV, hello (again) books.”

Press has worked as a book critic and TV critic for the Village Voice, also serving as culture editor at Salon and the Voice. Here’s more about the appointment, from a memo sent by L.A. Times editor Davan Maharaj and assistant managing editor for features Alice Short:

Her presence will allow us to expand our coverage of publishing and literary culture, with a special emphasis on ramping up our digital content. Joy has been Calendar’s pop culture and deputy television editor for 2 1/2 years. During her tenure, she developed a Sunday TV page and played a major role in growing our successful Show Tracker blog, which doubled its readership and has become a key site for television news and series recaps.

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