You’ve heard of poetry slams, right? How about a Work-in-Progress slam? It’s gotta be more fun than a critique group.
If you’re in the New York area, or if you will be later this month, and if you can claim some sort of connection with the publishing industry, now is your chance to participate in “Just Working on My Novel”, a WIP slam at The Tank. Here is the description from the Facebook event page:
Sally Struthers asked the age-old question: “Do you want to make more money?”
Sure, we all do.
And that’s why we’re all working on a novel. That will one day sell for a twelve-figure advance in 8 different countries at the Belgian Book Festival of Books.
(Riiiight. I mean, if Lauren Conrad can do it, so can you)
It’s in your notebook, it’s in your livejournal, it’s saved as a word .doc on your boyfriend’s iMac as “fat pictures of grandma” in an attempting at dissuading him from ever being tempted to take a peek.
When your friends ask you over drinks how your novel is coming, you blush stammer sigh slam the vodka order another repeat. And you (not-so)secretly love that they care.
Because maybe your novel’s done. Maybe your novel, right now, is just one damn breakup scene that you can’t progress past. Maybe your novel needs, like Brian from Family Guy, a compelling protagonist. A narrative beginning middle and end. Friends becoming enemies, enemies becoming friends.
Hell, maybe your novel is a short story or a memoir. Regardless, it needs to get the hell out of the dark closet you put it in and into the light of a PUBLIC READING.
Thus, “Just Working On My Novel”-a night for publishing-industry and/or bookish folks (and/or the people who love and/or hate them) to dust off their own pieces of writing, old new fiction fact, read them aloud to their peers/friends/utter, bloodlusting enemies and start pumping life into them like the writing was a duck’s liver and you were making foie gras. Basically, it’s one big giant slam of unfinished material, for and by folks who deal with books all the time, and their friends outside the industry (if such things exist). Whether you’re an agent really tired of dealing with the queries of others when you’d rather be writing your own query for your finished masterpiece, or a publicist who knows that the stuff you push on a daily basis isn’t half as good as your own could be-this is *your* chance to get what we all need, deep down:
(no, not that)
a little attention.
Debuting Monday, June 22, 730-9 PM at The Tank, 354 W 45th st, New York NY.
The only rules-
1) sign-up is the night-of, 7:30 sharp
2)you MUST be currently working on the piece in some form or fashion-editing or final revisions are fine. no previously published works.
3)10-15 minutes per peson, ideally. if you’re really good and you know it, you can ignore this rule.
4) you must be IN publishing, friends with someone in publishing, have made out with someone in publishing or mortal enemies with someone in publishing. why? why not!
MOST IMPORTANT RULE:
5) admission is free, drinks-beer, wine, soda, water-are available for purchase. The Tank, our host venue, is, like all of publishing, non-profit. So either donate to them that night, any amount, or drink your body weight in alcohol.
Tell your friends/enemies/romans/countrymen, and start writing/revising/spell-checking/changing character names to protect the innocent.
Any questions, want to try to bribe me for early sign-up, etc? email russcommunications at gmail dot com
This month, the group’s special guest will be Zachary Steele, author of ANOINTED. If you’re nice to him, maybe he’ll read from the sequel…