Friday, May 28, 2004

Emerging Writers

Though the title "Emerging Writers" gives me the image of tweed-jacketed, pipe-smoking, horn-rim spectacled writers rising like the Creature From the Black Lagoon out of the tidepool of non-evolved, quiescent writer tadpoles - I do like the concept of the Emerging Writers Network.

A while ago I blogged about finding good midlist authors to read (and support by buying their books.) The problem is how to identify these books and writers efficiently. One resource is the neighborhood independent bookstore. But you don't want to always do that - you really don't get a chance to mull it over in a store. However, reviews in magazines and newspapers are not a good source - I've found that the limited space in these venues are taken up by the same books. In my subscriptions I know I could find 5 different reviews of a recent book by say Martin Amis or Zadie Smith. I'd rather have one review of those books and 4 reviews of little known authors that I would like to try.

I've even thought of getting a subscription to Kirkus Reviews so that at least I could get *some* information...but the cost was way too prohibitive, like $40 a month....

But I think the Emerging Writers site along with my friendly neighborhood bookstore will get me most of the way there.


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