This Week’s Writing Links

This week’s writing links include the release week for J.K. Rowling’s new book The Casual Vacancy, a Princess Bride cast reunion, sf signal’s podcast interview with Patrick Rothfuss, Roger Ebert’s review of Looper, advice on selling film and television rights for your book and a list of ten literary authors who did their own illustrations.

JK Rowlings new non-Harry Potter releases this week to somewhat mixed reviews, which is expected when you follow up one of the most successful series of all time with a book about unhappy people doing unhappy things (or at least that’s what the reviews make it sound like). Good for her though, for not only continuing on with her writing, but trying something different. She certainly could have poured herself into another escapist children series without batting an eye and made another billion dollars, but kudos to her for writing what she wanted to write, even if it sounds like David Foster Wallace material. I think she’ll be okay with her mortgage payments if this book is not a wild financial success.

In other news, even though it’s not based on a book, I’m pretty excited to see Looper. It comes out tomorrow and is already receiving solid reviews. I won’t get a chance to see it until Tuesday, so no spoiling it, okay? Feel free to talk about how awesome it was if you see it this weekend though. Andddd links.



– Mixed Reviews For J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy (bbc)

– SF Signal Podcast: Patrick Rothfuss Interview (sfsignal)

– Literary Agent Interview: Kate Garrick (writersdigest)

– Ten Literary Authors Who Illustrated Their Own Work (flavorwire)

– What You Need To Know About Selling Your Film And Television Rights (guidetoliteraryagents)

– Roger Ebert’s Review of Looper (rogerebert)

– JA Konrath Outlines His Legacy Vs Independent Book Sales (jakonrath)

– Patrick Rothfuss Invites People To Help With World Worldbuilders (Rothfuss)

– Anne Hathaway And Ben Whishaw Join Robocopalypse (sciencefiction)

– New Hobbit Poster Makes Its Debut (twitchfilm)

– AV Club Reviews Neal Stephenson’s Essays (avclub)

– Princess Bride Cast Reunites (io9)