The Cif community challenges its writers – and can change their minds | Seth Freedman

Georgina Henry's kind but firm encouragement to go below the line on my pieces has transformed my life as well as my idealsFor a wide-eyed, wannabe writer, being cast into the Cif lions' den induced fear and pride in equal measure. The chance to contribute to such a paradigm-shifting project was one any budding journalist would jump at, but at the same time there was no hiding from the army of commenters ready to tear each and every article to shreds in the threads below. And since I was writing about the most incendiary topic under the Cif sun, the venom and vitriol would start flying from the minute the publish button was pressed on each of my pieces.Despite alarmingly inauspicious beginnings – ending my debut BTL comment with a sneering "Whatever mate – I write, you read …" – it soon became apparent that the Cif process was a two-way street. The site's original editor, Georgina Henry, encouraged me to participate in the threads from day one, telling me firmly but kindly that venturing below the line was "more than good form – they expect it". To her and her burgeoning ranks of readers and commenters, writers' jobs had only just begun when their pieces were put up on the site; the real work took place in the lengthy and vociferous threads that followed.No sooner had I started joining in the debate I found – like so many others – that I just couldn't stop. The addictive nature of the Cif beast meant I always wanted to respond, forever craved the last word, couldn't help... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2014-03-15 00:00:00 UTC ]
News tagged with: #earliest days #crude prototype

Other Publishing stories related to: 'The Cif community challenges its writers – and can change their minds | Seth Freedman'


Writers of the past turned suffering into literary masterpieces. They might help us understand how to meet the challenges of our day.

Authors have always tried to turn their sorrow and confusion into enduring monuments of beauty among the ruins. Continue reading at The Washington Post

[ The Washington Post | 2020-06-03 13:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with:


Changed My Mind podcasters sign with Random House Business

Random House Business has acquired Poles Apart, "a major new analysis of political and social tribalism" by the presenters of the podcast "Changed My Mind". Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2020-04-17 07:14:51 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #random house


Creating Literary Community for Writers Raising Children

On November 12, at the Pen Parentis Literary Salon in Lower Manhattan, I hear author Jimin Han say something I’ve never heard a writer admit before. “I didn’t really commit to being a writer until I had children,” Han says to a room of 20 or so writers, all of whom are parents. There is […] Continue reading at Literrary Hub

[ Literrary Hub | 2019-12-06 09:47:14 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #literary community #lower manhattan


For Some Horror Writers, Nothing Is Scarier Than a Changing Planet

While literary fiction often sidesteps the climate crisis, eco-horror is filling the breach. Continue reading at The New York Times

[ The New York Times | 2019-10-19 09:00:04 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #literary fiction #climate crisis


Sunday Times Young Writer of Year award reveals sponsor change

The Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award has announced changes to its sponsorship with the University of Warwick its title partner and Caroline Michel, c.e.o. of literary agency Peters Fraser + Dunlop, becoming its first patron.  Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2019-04-12 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #caroline michel


Visa Challenges for Authors and Artists Roil the UK Festival Community

In the UK, literary festivals report that invited authors from the Middle East and Africa are increasingly seeing their visa applications denied. The post Visa Challenges for Authors and Artists Roil the UK Festival Community appeared first on Publishing Perspectives. Continue reading at Publishing Perspectives

[ Publishing Perspectives | 2018-08-10 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #middle east


Catherine Doyle | 'The Middle-Grade community is very supportive . . . I hope they don’t mind me sneaking in'

The irish writer weaves real nautical history with fantastical elements in her first novel for the Middle-Grade readership. Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2018-06-12 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #catherine doyle


Investing in culture can change lives, break boundaries and reinvigorate communities

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon reveals the lifelong love of reading that has compelled her and her government to increase its budget for funding the arts. Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2018-01-19 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #lifelong love


BAME writers pave way for change in Stripes' YA anthology

Stories from writers Phoebe Roy, Mary Bello, Aisha Bushby and Yasmin Rahman have been selected from over 100 submissions to be published in A Change Is Gonna Come (Stripes, Little Tiger Group). Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2017-03-28 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #tiger group #ya anthology


Wedding Magazine’s Name Change Faces Legal Challenge

"Weddings in Houston" publisher alleges that "Modern Luxury Weddings Houston" violates its federal trademark. The post Wedding Magazine’s Name Change Faces Legal Challenge appeared first on Folio:. Continue reading at Folio Magazine

[ Folio Magazine | 2016-11-22 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this |


Jonathan Safran Foer | 'It amazes me how my instincts as a writer changed'

Jonathan Safran Foer’s first novel for 10 years, Here I Am, finds him seeking a deep communion with his readers.   Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2016-09-02 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this |


Online community provides safe space for women writers

A new hashtag, #women_writers, is providing a safe space for female writers to talk about their literary passions, careers and frustrations in response to sexism within the publishing industry. Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2016-08-19 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #publishing industry #women writers #safe space #online community


#Women_writers manifesto aims to build community of female authors

Laurie Garrison’s call to arms is intended to foster collaboration ‘rejecting traditional models of publishing’The internet is not always a safe place for women, so there is something hearteningly radical about women staking a claim to this space to assert their own ambitions and interests. The... Continue reading at The Guardian

[ The Guardian | 2016-08-17 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #imposter syndrome #female writers #safe place #female authors #build community


PRH hunts for writers from 'under-represented' communities

Penguin Random House UK has launched a nationwide campaign to find, mentor and publish new writers from communities under-represented on the UK’s bookshelves. Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2016-07-27 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this |


Houellebecq reveals change of mind on Islam

Michel Houellebecq has said that "even an inattentive reading" of his latest novel Submission would show it was not Islamophobic, and that he has changed his views on the religion since the 2001 interview in which he called it the most stupid one in the world. The novelist made the comments in... Continue reading at The Bookseller

[ The Bookseller | 2015-01-14 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #charlie hebdo #novelist made #michel houellebecq


Brands' Big Challenge: Making the Mind Shift to Mobile

Josh Bernoff, coauthor of the pivotal book on social media, Groundswell, describes himself on Twitter as a "Forrester analyst, idea developer and troublemaker." His latest book on The Mobile Mind Shift certainly lives up to those descriptions.In it, Bernoff discusses the difficulties companies... Continue reading at Advertising Age

[ Advertising Age | 2014-07-29 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #forrester analyst #big challenge


The Search For Talented Writers In The Prison System Is Changing It, Too

A digital publishing house is conducting a semi-legal, large-scale search for the next great incarcerated author. The reaction from authorities isn't what you'd expect.Jack London, Ken Kesey, William Burroughs, Oscar Wilde, Malcolm X, Voltaire, Cervantes, E.E. Cummings, Martin Luther King, Mark... Continue reading at Fast Company

[ Fast Company | 2014-02-20 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #spent time #oscar wilde #jack london #prison system


One Year Later, Medium Is Changing the Way Its Writers Write and Its Readers Read

It was just more than a year ago that Ev Williams and Biz Stone created the publishing platform Medium. The Internet officially met the site in August 2012, and since then, Medium’s popularity has grown enough for even the most ske ... Continue reading at Editor & Publisher

[ Editor & Publisher | 2013-10-15 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this |


Canadian Publishing 2011: Challenges and Changes

This year Canadian publishers face a triple challenge—tough economic conditions, the first big surge of ebook sales, and a dramatic shift in strategy at Indigo Books & Music, Canada’s largest book retailer. But, as is often said, no one goes into publishing unless he or she is an optimist,... Continue reading at Publishers Weekly

[ Publishers Weekly | 2011-09-16 00:00:00 UTC ]
More news stories like this | News stories tagged with: #dramatic shift #ebook sales