What’s it like to be a debut novelist? No, but really, what’s it really like? With the writing, and the novel-ing, and the editing, and the publishing, and the feelings. Probably there are a lot of feelings, right?
For the next few weeks, debut novelist Ted “thompsonted" Thompson will answer your questions! Ask him about writing, about publishing, about feelings—all of it. Use our Ask Box to send in your questions. Do it! It’ll be fun!
I feel like Ted can handle me at my nosiest.
We are very proud to announce the full schedule for the second annual Downtown Literary Festival on Sunday, April 13! Schedule details, including an opening party on Friday April 11 with free drinks and music, new-this-year children’s programming, and a full day of events at the Bowery Poetry Club, Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, and McNally Jackson. And then an after party at Von bar!
Full details at downtownliteraryfestival. Join us on Sunday, April 13 to celebrate the literary culture of downtown New York City!
So excited about this! Teju Cole! Bob Powers! Jen Doll! Tyler Coates! Gabrielle Bell! Saeed Jones! Trisha Low! Rosie Schaap! Elissa Schappell! Heidi Julavits!
Please save the date and spread the word!
BOUND BY CHANCE: this Saturday from 3-5PM at Ace Hotel New York. Featuring a zine with stories by: Bill Cheng, Myke Cole, Rachel Fershleiser, Roxane Gay, Chelsea Hodson, Edan Lepucki, Thomas Page McBee, Sarah McCarry, Dolan Morgan, Travis J Nichols, Rajesh Parameswaran, Daniel Schoonebeek, and Emma Straub.
More information about the rolling of the multi-sided die here.
I knew I was outclassed in this li’l anthology but I didn’t realize quite how outclassed! These people are amazing! I have eked out 458 words of actual fiction! I’ll be there Saturday at 3 — y’all should come too!
For every hit, there has to be a sequel. The Great Tumblr Book Search is back and the search for the next big humor book is on!
Last year, Chronicle Books partnered with Tumblr on the first-annual Great Tumblr Book Search. The winning Tumblr was Sh*t Rough Drafts by Paul Laudiero. Chronicle offered Laudiero a publishing contract and now Sh*t Rough Drafts the book is coming to a bookstore near you on April 15th. And YOU could be next!
How to Enter:
Use Tumblr to explain your humor book idea. Then our editors will judge the entries and choose a grand-prize winner whose idea will be considered for publication. You may use an existing Tumblr or create a new Tumblr to illustrate your book idea. Just make us laugh!
To enter, tag a post “TumblrBookSearch” and include:
1) The title of your humor book
2) A written synopsis of your idea (200 words or less)
3) Examples of the book’s concept (can be photos, animated gifs, artwork, video, text, or any media supported by Tumblr)
Then, hop over here to give us your basic contact information and the link to your post.
1 Grand Prize:
- Book idea considered for publication
- $300 of Chronicle books
- Feedback session with a Chronicle Books editor
- $100 of Chronicle books
- Written critique from Chronicle Books editors
Questions? Email email@example.com
It’s that time again kids!
View from the barn in summer. Dreaming.
Megan Mayhew Bergman writes gorgeous stories about people and animals. She lives on a farm with a veterinarian husband, two daughters, five dogs, four cats, two goats, a mule, and a handful of chickens. I cannot think of anyone who wouldn’t want to follow her new Tumblr.
Big news, nerds! Jacqueline Woodson is on Tumblr! She’s written a bunch of books and won a bunch of awards and she’s a Brooklyn mom and all-around awesome person. I am pretty, pretty excited about this one! Follow follow follow!