Friday, June 15, 2018


Bruce Alford


  1. 01 Jul, 2018
    Reading Go, Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
    A Good Novel Without a Story I just completed Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. I came to it late, was reluctant to read it because of the bad press it received. But I wanted to see how similar it was to Dixie Salvage which is also set in the South and features a bigoted character (bigoted yet lovable). The cover blurb to “Watchman” is misleading. It suggests that the book deals with the politics of the South set against the backdrop of Civil Rights tensions and the political turmoil that were
  2. 19 Jun, 2018
    The Publishing Process
    The Traditional Route: Agent to Publisher Ever wondered about the process of publishing behind the scenes. 1. Write the book. 2. Send the book to various agents.  The purpose of an agent is to get a fantastic deal. 3. The agent tries to find a publisher: The publisher’s job is to print the book and use his or her editor to   refine the book so that it is perfect. 4. After the publisher buys the book, the revision process begins.  The book is worked on extensively until it   is ready for
  3. 15 Jun, 2018
    One Black Guy in the Corner
    Many writers of color have learned that writing about their particular cultures keeps readers returning. I was never one to use race as a calling card, but after years of avoiding the elephant I think it's time  to say some things -- at least to myself. I have never liked talking about this  In The Souls of Black Folk W.E.B Du Bois describes two worlds : a world behind a veil and another lived without the veil.  Some believe this duality no longer exists for African Americans because so much