Post-wunderkind New York literary staple Tao Lin has either spent or not received the majority of the $50,000 he was to receive from for Vintage/Knopf for his book Taipei, the Bret Easton Ellis-meets-Siddhartha novel that is due to the publisher any day now. And if you’ve been keeping track, the author has not been cut a check by Sarah Lawrence either, where he teaches classes on the contemporary short story. (No word yet on how much Vice is paying him to make Photoshops of drug-related imagery.)
This has left Mr. Lin broke and, for at least the second time in his career, desperate enough to sell all of his possessions. While the first round of self fund-raising in 2011 involved a Vimeo showcase of his eBay items, this weekend’s cry for cash was limited to a now-deleted tweet and a correspondence with The Observer over what he’s willing to part with.
Adrien Field, a stylist for Vibe and a fashion blogger, is working on a new novel, about the world of New York stylists, and he’s confident that he can get it published. “Between Vibe, writing for the Huffington Post, my blog, going out and gathering press about myself–I don’t know anyone as compelling as myself.” Read More
All that’s missing is a Maya Rudolph novel! The women of Saturday Night Live‘s early-2000s renaissance are following in Tina Fey’s footsteps by writing books. Rachel Dratch is putting together and has sold a memoir on “humorous reflections about what happens after the time on the show is over,” including motherhood–which sounds a Read More
Philip Carlo is pretty much the Chuck Norris of the best-selling author world. He is a crime writer, sort of like Sue “A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H Is For Axe Burglar Crime Disaster Elusive Felon Grisly Homicide” Grafton, but tougher. After all, did Grafton ever hang out in prison and nearly get her leg broken by a hardened criminal, like Read More
Forbes has released its list of the highest paid authors and the results are pretty predictable. Forbes based the rankings on profits from books, TV and film rights between June, 2009 and June, 2010. Here are the top 5 and their earnings: James Patterson – $70 million Stephenie Meyer – $40 million Stephen Read More