Martha Woodroof http://wvasfm.org en First Novels: Under The Gavel Of A Book Auction http://wvasfm.org/post/first-novels-under-gavel-book-auction <em>This series on first novels continues with a look at the book auction: what triggers one, how one is organized, and what running one is like. Previous posts covered how agents <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/10/08/224084404/first-novels-the-romance-of-agents" target="_blank">fall in love</a> with books and how editors <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/12/13/250432100/first-novels-acquiring-minds" target="_blank">acquire them</a>.</em><p>Book auctions are not all that uncommon. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Martha Woodroof 44569 at http://wvasfm.org First Novels: Under The Gavel Of A Book Auction A Typewriter In The Grass And The Beat Generation On The Edge http://wvasfm.org/post/typewriter-grass-and-beat-generation-edge I woke up Wednesday, drank some coffee, and <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/02/05/271873749/author-william-burroughs-called-kansas-home" target="_blank">learned (thank you, Frank Morris and <em>Morning Edition</em>)</a> that it was the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of William S. Burroughs' birth. Burroughs was born in St. Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:02:00 +0000 Martha Woodroof 42658 at http://wvasfm.org A Typewriter In The Grass And The Beat Generation On The Edge What Are Indie Booksellers Like At Parties? http://wvasfm.org/post/what-are-indie-booksellers-parties <em>Martha Woodroof has been writing about the First Novel Experience. For this post, she reports on her travels to the American Booksellers Association's Winter Institute in January.</em><p>The American Booksellers Association Winter Institute was billed as providing independent booksellers with a chance to get together "...in vibrant Seattle for three-plus days of networking, special events, and professional development."<p>This was not an event for shy persons. Which, I suspect, is why my publishing house (St. Martin's Press) sent me. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:36:00 +0000 Martha Woodroof 42512 at http://wvasfm.org What Are Indie Booksellers Like At Parties? First Novels: Acquiring Minds http://wvasfm.org/post/first-novels-acquiring-minds <em>The first in my series of posts on The First Novel Experience was called <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2013/10/08/224084404/first-novels-the-romance-of-agents">"The Romance of Agents."</a> A couple of people wrote me after it was posted and asked if I was going to include in this series any stories of any writers who'd had a bad time with their books. I thought about it and decided no – at least not yet. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:43:00 +0000 Martha Woodroof 39628 at http://wvasfm.org First Novels: Acquiring Minds First Novels: The Romance Of Agents http://wvasfm.org/post/first-novels-romance-agents <em>Disclaimer: </em> A couple of years ago, I made a bucket list. As I've had a pretty rollicking life, my bucket contained a single experience: Sell a novel to a major house.<p>And now, Saint Martin's Press is to bring out my novel, <em>Small Blessings,</em> in July of next year.<p>Until writing and other things intruded, I was a fairly regular freelancer for NPR, reporting mostly on books and publishing. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:27:00 +0000 Martha Woodroof 36029 at http://wvasfm.org First Novels: The Romance Of Agents