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How Social Media Is Creating a Whole New Generation of Authors

Social media has had an enormous impact on the world of marketing and creativity in the last few years. What will this mean in five years? Platforms like YouTube and Instagram have become huge influencers in the creative field. From models to animators to small businesses, everyone who’s anyone is putting their stuff on social media.

 

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As a result, this is a very exciting time for aspiring authors. In 2016, a YouTuber named Sasha Alsberg, the co-author of Zenith, got her big break when a publishing house approached her about doing a book. She enlisted a fellow YouTuber and writer, Lindsey Cummings, to co-write Zenith with her and earlier this year Zenith was published and became an instant New York Times bestseller. (Sidenote: I read the book myself and I have to say…I didn’t think it was the best thing I have ever read, but maybe the book just wasn’t for me!)

 

YouTuber Kim Chance also published her debut novel Keeper through traditional publishing, off the back of her online success and a lot of support from her followers.

 

 

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Even when publishing houses didn’t take interest in other peoples work in the community, writers took it on themselves to use the platforms they had and did their own marketing and promoting through YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Authors like Natalia Leigh and Kristen Martin have successfully sold quiet a few copies of their books through indie publishing houses and resources at hand.

 

With that being said many people in the BookTube community, both watchers and creators, are proud that these new voices have been noticed by the publishing industry, and this pride has led to the creation of AuthorTubeObviously this isn’t something new that sprouted over night after Sasha and Lindsey announced their book, but the community grew as more people started to gain the confidence pursue their own careers through YouTube and Instagram.

 

 

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I had the pleasure of meeting a few very talented and sweet individuals who are constantly hard at work on their own manuscripts and it makes me think. Who will the next New York Times bestselling author be? People like StardustwritesNamastayreadingLiterarykhaleesitheworld.in.words, Honeypotwords are hard at work with their manuscripts and they heavily influence others with encouragement and they are even sweet enough to hold on their work to give tips to people who ask for it. They inspire me and others everyday to keep pushing through and ignore that ugly little voice in the back of our heads that says “You will never be good enough to get your writing recognized.” You will.

 

Who knows? Maybe the next aspiring author will be someone you know from Instagram. It’s nice to see that popular industries taking a leap and considering people other than popular authors so that they have a chance to tell their stories because everyone has a story to tell and no one’s is the same.

 

 

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5 Brilliant New Short Story Collections You Can’t Miss Out On

Tragedy plus time apparently equals literature. As far as years go, 2017-2018 has been an intense one. These authors have responded with wit, creativity, and some impressively bizarre concepts that comment upon both the new and timeless topography of our psychological landscapes. Here are 5 acclaimed short story collections as weird, wild, and jarringly human as the past year has been.

 

1. Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

 

'Her Body and Other Parties' by Carmen Maria Machado

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The winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction, Carmen Maria Machado‘s Her Body and Other Parties is “sexy, queer, and caustic.” Swinging wildly upon the axis of brutality and sentimentality, Machado’s work is a real genre-bender, less wading into the territory of magical realism and more stomping headstrong through it. In Machado’s striking collection, there are many inventive cultural references, including a supernatural interpretation of Law and Order: SVU and a literary reimagining of the infamous girl with the green ribbon story. But Machado’s work also delves deeply into the human (and specifically female) psyche, her stories always as inventive as they are visceral.

 

2. [Dis]connected (2018)

 

'[Dis]connected' by various authors

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A timely commentary on social media, art, and interpersonal relationships, this multimedia collection from some of the most famous Instagram poets (including Nikita Gill and Trista Mateer) insightfully tackles both the isolation and accessibility that the Internet can provide. The collection maintains its commitment to accessibility by incorporating the work of established writers (like Amanda Lovelace, author of The Princess Saves Herself in This One) with the work of up-and-coming contributors (like Sara Bond). Even the creation of [Dis]connected follows an inventive format: each writer contributed three poems and then assigned poems to their fellow writers. Each contributor then wrote a short story based on one of their assigned poems. The result? A vivid and unique exploration of love and loneliness.

 

3. Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh

 

'Homesick for Another World' by Ottessa Moshfegh

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2016 Man Booker Prize nominee Ottessa Moshfegh has done it again… and again and again. Released in between her Booker-nominated novel Eileen and her phantasmagorical 2018 bestseller My Year of Rest and RelaxationMoshfegh’s short story collection Homesick for Another World is a twisted standout. A master of the grotesque and delightful, Moshfegh finds tenderness in the dire landscape of her subject matter: always the fringes of society. To read her work is to “touch a slightly electrified fence.” Featuring vomit, unfortunate neck tattoos, and thrice-daily Burger King meals, Homesick for Another World is as stunning as it is strange.

 

 

4. Florida by Lauren Groff

 

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A favorite author of Barack Obama, Guggenheim fellow Lauren Groff blends domesticity and wildness in Florida, her recent short story collection that inhabits “an eden of dangerous things.” A 2018 Book Award Finalist, Florida depicts a place that is less a physical location and more a mood—sometimes a very dark one. Exploring the geographic and psychological landscape of Florida across different towns and even centuries, Florida explores “the moments and decisions and connections behind human pleasure and pain, hope and despair, love and fury—the moments that make us alive.” Beautifully weird and occasionally alarming, Groff’s work is a smash hit for the year.

 

5. Some Trick (2018)

 

'Some Trick' by Helen DeWitt

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The eccentric genius archetype—the exaggerated trope of a person who would just as likely disassemble their own household appliances for fun as write a novel—has met its match in Helen DeWitt. A mathematician and linguist (by the way, we’re talking fourteen languages), DeWitt’s hit debut, The Last Samurai, is only one of three works she’s published in the last twenty years, thanks to her distaste for the publishing industry. (Her second novel, Lightning Rods, is a brilliant, weird, and brilliantly weird satire on American capitalism.) Her third work, collection Some Trick, uses the “iron logic of a crazy person” to chip at the barrier between the private intellectual world of the individual and the social machinery of capitalism.

 

 

 

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Sophie Turner’s Secret Sausage-Rating Instagram Is Perfection

Game of Thrones has wrapped for the final season and, now that the end is near, it appears our fierce and fearless Sansa Stark already has her heart set on new endeavors…

 

 

It turns out the one and only, the stunning and talented Sophie Turner has been leading an extremely secret double-life; bowing out from the media and keeping this hidden from the public eye, it’s amazing she was able to house this secret for so long. But, as of early yesterday morning, this private life is hers to hide no more…because now the entire world knows all about the grace and glory that is Sophie Turner’s Sausage Instagram.

 

 

 

Yep, that’s right. The twenty-two-year-old starlet we all know and love as the cunning and resilient Sansa Stark seems to have a passion for the cylindrical minced meat that is sausage

 

What appears to have begun in early April and gone on for about ten days is an Instagram account fully dedicated to reviewing the many sausages Turner eats. Taking everything into account from the length of the sausage to the density of the meat, the texture of the casing, the shape, the flavor, and more; these reviews are vivid, detailed, and done with the pure class of a genuine professional. Personally, I couldn’t be more impressed and supportive of Turner as she leads us along this new meaty journey of hers.

 

Also, in all honesty, it’s encouraging to see a young actress who has been in the spotlight since she was still a child openly post about the foods she’s eating in a shame-free and very normal, matter-of-fact way; these weren’t posted as an ode to fitness or weight loss or clean eating, the way most food Instagrams tend to swing, but were instead posted as an ode to the meats she’s eaten, the ones she’s loved, the mediocre ones, the ones she’s thrown away. (And, like, isn’t that beautiful?)

 

 

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So, bravo, Sophie Turner; may you always find sausages that live up to your impeccable standards and may you (hopefully) continue reviewing!

 

 

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This Instapoet Just Published the Most Breathtaking Memoir!

Yrsa Daley-Ward was born in 1989 in Northern England and, at just twenty-nine years old, has already published two full-length works and gained 136K followers on Instagram. She is arguably one of the most famed and renowned Instapoets of the modern age, what with her posts gaining more than eight-thousand likes. Read her compelling poem Mental Health here.

 

 

However, Daley-Ward wasn’t always the well-known force of literature that she is today; her upbringing was a darkly complicated, messy, and difficult one. She was raised alongside her younger brother by their single mother and her eccentric, toxic partner before they were eventually sent to live with their incredibly religious, strict, and domineering grandparents.

 

 

As soon as she finished high-school, Daley-Ward made the decision to skip out on college, leave her grandparents home behind, and move to Manchester, before eventually moving to London. Now, finally out of her strict, conservative upbringing, she began to really see herself and understand her body and the power her sexuality could hold. She began pursuing modeling; struggling for years to make ends meet. She took up work as an escort and an exotic dancer before eventually deciding to leave England behind and move to Cape Town, South Africa.

 

 

The thing that attracted me to South Africa was that the models look like me and there’s so much more diversity.

 

 

Cape Town turned out to be the place Daley-Ward would rediscover her love of words, writing, and poetry. She’d originally begun submitting her poems to literary journals at the age of seventeen but found herself feeling rejected and discouraged, so she spent the following years focusing on modeling; pushing away the burning need to express that was boiling up inside of her.

 

 

 

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Not long after her arrival to South Africa, Daley-Ward happened upon a bar hosting a spoken word open mic night and decided to take the opportunity to finally share the words she’d been filing away in journals and notebooks for years and years; bringing them out into the world.

 

She began posting her short, concise-yet-cutting poems on Instagram, quickly gaining a cult-like following (including stars like Florence Welch and Ellen Page). In 2014, she released bone; a collection of poems detailing themes of sexuality, addiction, mental health, and more written during a three-month period. Her works are small yet so, incredibly impactful. She manages to define moments, emotions, and the darkest parts of herself within the confines of one or two sentences.

 

 

She is raw, brutally honest, and relatable in so many ways. And, lucky for us, she has just penned and released a new full-length memoir that’s a uniquely stunning blend of prose and verse entitled The Terrible.

 

 

 

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I am somewhere else now. I am part human, part metaphysics, and I still haven’t worked out which parts of me are which. I love this new form. I can feel space traveling through me. I am porous and wondrous and bold…It’s not that I loved to leave, rather that staying was always completely impossible.

 

 

The Terrible is a coming-of-age tale detailing the struggles of a young Yrsa Daley-Ward as she pushes on through familial dysfunction, drug abuse, sex work, modeling, and mental illness. The memoir shows Daley-Ward growing, shifting, and transforming throughout her life until she eventually becomes the strong, powerful, poetic powerhouse she is today.

 

 

The book is brutally honest, so completely, vulnerably human, and not something you’d want to miss!

 

 

Time is an illusion, say the scientists. It is molecular, it is bendable or liquid, it is soldered metal; or it is droplets of memory. I imagine it looks like mercury, silver and elusive…Burn all the clocks. I am free.

 

 

 

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15 Book-Themed Instagrams to Enrich Your Feed

You know that feeling you get in the pit of your stomach as you’re nearing the end of a really good book; that growing sense of excitement to see how it all unfolds, that thrill of feeling so deeply invested in a life other than your own, and that impending, dark-cloud feeling of “oh no, what will I do after?” knowing that your time with these characters is drawing to an end?

 

I think we grow so close to the characters in the books we read because it’s the only time we are truly invited to enter the world of someone other than ourselves; we see their inner monologue, their every word, thought, and emotion, everything they want to say but choose to keep inside. Books allow us to see people in all of their full, vulnerable humanness. And, when it’s time to say goodbye to the strangers we now know as well as we know ourselves, a sort of mourning begins to take place. It can be tough to leave the worlds we spend so much time in; fiction and all.

 

However, thanks to social media, the goodbye doesn’t have to be complete; now you can scroll through the photos of your favorite book worlds to your heart’s content! 

 

Check out these fifteen Instagram accounts dedicated to your favorite books and authors!

 

1. A Little Life @alittlelifebook

 

 

#bookfacefriday by @dyahayuni #alittlelifebook

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2. Pride & Prejudice @pandp2005

 

 

 

3. Harry Potter @thepottercollector

 

 

 

4. Stephen King @jobis89

 

 

I have an important task for you all……. please help me choose my next audiobook! ? . The 12 books pictured are the 12 possible contenders! They’re books I read back near the beginning of my King journey, and are the ones that I feel open to revisiting right now (in that my memory is patchy ?) . So if you want, pick TWO books from those pictured and I’ll do a quick tally tomorrow before I embark on my run. I’ll be able to download and start listening to the most popular choice right away ?? . Choose wisely, Constant Readers. And God have mercy on the evil people who choose The Stand… 47 hours long!!! ? . . . . . . . . #stephenking #audiobook #audible #bookcollage #bookcover #hardback #firstedition #readersareleaders #bibliophile #bookstagram #reading #igreads #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #booklove #lovebooks #bookish #bookaddict #read #fiction

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5. Sylvia Plath @sylviaplathpoetry

 

 

(cr. @her_love_for_words ♡)

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6. Agatha Christie @officialagathachristie

 

 

 

7. Paulo Coelho @paulocoelhoquote

 

 

 

8. Virginia Woolf @virginiawoolfblog

 

 

Virginia Woolf sitting on a beach in Greece in 1932. #virginiawoolf

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9. Jane Austen @janeofausten

 

 

…with your favourite Janeite teapot #jane #janeausten #janeausten #janeite #tea #teatime

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10. Edgar Allan Poe @edgar.allan.poe

 

 

Q: Why did Poe write such dark stories? • A: Poe wrote for magazines which demanded stories that would appeal to a mass audience, so he gave them what they wanted. In fact, he only wrote about fifteen horror stories out of a total of seventy tales. Poe actually produced far more comedies than terror tales. He also wrote science fiction, mysteries, adventure stories, scientific essays, and a book about seashells. Today’s readers tend to prefer his horror stories, but in Poe’s time, his audience liked the mysteries better. He last book of short stories, Tales of Edgar A. Poe (1845), only contained one horror story among a collection of mysteries and science fiction. Although he suffered bouts of depression after his wife’s death, Poe wasn’t a terribly morbid or melancholy person. • Mary Bronson, who, as a young girl, visited Poe with her father, later recalled, “We saw Mr. Poe walking in his yard, and most agreeably was I surprised to see a very handsome and elegant appearing gentleman, who welcomed us with a quiet, cordial, and graceful politeness that ill accorded with my imaginary sombre poet. I dare say I looked the surprise I felt, for I saw an amused look on his face as I raised my eyes a second time…” (LeDuc, Mary Elizabeth Bronson, “Recollections of Edgar A. Poe,” Home Journal, whole no. 754, July 21, 1860, p. 3) • #EdgarAllanPoe Photo by: @rebecca_ellix

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11. The Brontë Sisters @bronteforever

 

 

The Great American Read on PBS has started and they are featuring 100 of the most beloved books, and choosing one final winner. Please vote for the top one! Please go to @greatamericanreadpbs and click on the link in their bio to vote for either Jane Eyre or Wuthering Heights. I’m so glad both Bronte sisters were featured on this list of world renown novels. __________________________________________ #bronte #brontes #thebrontes #brontesisters #bronteforever #emilybronte #charlottebronte #annebronte #bookaddicts #epicreads #janeeyre #mustread #bookworm #booknerd #books #booklover #bookstagram #bookish #literature #instabook #igread #wutheringheights #victorian #classicnovels #brontësisters #greatreadpbs #readinggoals #votejaneeyre

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12. Charles Dickens @dickensmuseum

 

 

 

13. Alice in Wonderland @alice_in_wonderland_books

 

 

 

14. Haruki Murakami @harukimurakamiquotes

 

 

 

15. Infinite Jest @drawinginfinitejest

 

 

 

 

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