ERIC Number: EJ701033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb-15
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Shelf Life: Librarians Who Write Thrive on How Well Their Chosen Careers Complement One Another
Library Journal, v129 n3 p34 Feb 2004
"I think the only other professionals who turn to writing as much as librarians are lawyers" notes Jayne Ann Krentz, a former librarian-turned-best-selling author of romantic suspense. "I tend to be interested in things in a serial sort of fashion, getting deeply involved and then going on to something else," says the Seattle-based novelist. "This is the perfect temperament for a librarian, and it is the perfect temperament for a writer." Librarians who are also authors comment that writing a book is a major time consuming commitment, practically a second job. Just as helpful to these writers is often their relationships with the library patrons. Patrons will tell you what they like or don't like, and authors are receiving feedback they could not get if they were at home alone writing. One author made changes in his novel based on feedback from library patrons. Librarianship can excite and refresh the imagination, and they have the advantage over other writers in knowing how to go after information. They can research publishers and get a sense of what each house does. Since they know what goes on in their libraries, they can back up their query letters with statistics of various kinds. And since they read reviews, they know what general readers are looking for. One writer advises aspiring writers "If you think you have a story, tell it."
Descriptors: Novels, Librarians, Publishing Industry, Authors, Writing for Publication, Writing (Composition)
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Identifiers - Location: Iraq; Oklahoma; United Kingdom (London)