Archive for January 2013

So You're Writing a Novel: Advice From An Editor

So… you’re writing your first novel. The setting is perfect! You’ve cleaned out the old magazines and laundry from the office you never use (except to print boarding passes), and you’ve decided to just do it. You’re going to write a novel, damn it! In my opinion everyone should write a book in their lifetime. Everyone has... Read more »

Adaptation: The Joys and Perils of Adapting Novels into Films

It can be tough beans adapting a novel or short story into a film, however this hasn’t stopped directors. In 1962, director Robert Mulligan directed a film adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, and as close readers will recognize, while although not totally faithful to the source material, the adaptation is nevertheless a loving one.... Read more »

Have an upcoming literary event? Email us your press release and we'll publish it!

Do you have a reading series, a book signing or an upcoming literary festival?  Send us your press releases and we’ll publish them on the blog!  Email chicagoliterati(at)gmail(dot)com with the official press release describing the event and attach a PDF file of the poster for said event. We’d love to showcase you! 
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"Home" Submission Cycle & Open Submissions

Chicago Literati is featuring a new submission cycle called, “Home”! Give us your prose and poetry based on home between now and February 1st and you could be published! Prose (i.e., short stories, creative nonfiction, essays): 500-1,000 words Poetry: 3-4 each In addition to this, we now offer OPEN SUBMISSIONS! You heard right! Send us your short... Read more »

Eugene Cross: The Journey of a Writer

Eugene Cross: The Journey of a Writer
He has an affable, “aw shucks” attitude. A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Eugene Cross is reminiscent of Jimmy Stewart, if Jimmy Stewart were a writer; he is tall, with olive toned skin and an infectious sense of humor. He comes over to the small table by the window where I sit. He is in a... Read more »

"Home" Submission Cycle

We’re collecting original short stories, essays, creative nonfiction and poetry having to do with home from now until February 1st at midnight. Prose (i.e., short stories, essays, creative nonfiction): 500-1,000 words Poetry: 3-4 poems accepted Email: chicagoliterati (at) gmail (dot) com
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"Happy New Year!" A Short Story by Cate Zerega

You sidle up to the bar.  You lean forward and delicately stack your cleavage on top of the wood.  Your gaze travels over the black, plastic drink mat, past the taps.  You smile.  Bam.  You pay for your usual.  Three shots of tequila and a glass of water. “I like your Woody Allen glasses,” he... Read more »

Q&A with Guy Kawasaki, author of "APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur"

Q&A with Guy Kawasaki    -Do you recommend to just do ePub initially or print as well?   For a novel, start with ebook. For non-fiction, you need to do both immediately. -GK   -What is an approximate cost of self-pub?   To do it right, $4,000. $1,000 for content editing. $1,000 for copyediting. $1,000... Read more »

Dan Shapiro's Rigged Open Mic Presents: George W. Bush

Dan Shapiro's Rigged Open Mic Presents: George W. Bush
“My open mic has devolved into my friends and I trying to make each other laugh onstage. Luckily my friends are some of the best writers and comedians in town. It’s really something to behold. This month’s theme is George W. Bush with good reason. Lately there have been articles written about how George W.... Read more »
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Tonight at 7:30pm CT: Guy Kawasaki, self-publishing guru, will be on Twitter for an EXCLUSIVE chat with Chicago Literati!

Tonight at 7:30pm CT: Guy Kawasaki, self-publishing guru, will be on Twitter for an EXCLUSIVE chat with Chicago Literati!
Guy Kawasaki, author of APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur tonight at 7:30pm CT on Twitter!  Follow @chicagoliterati and @guykawasaki tonight on Twitter for an exclusive Q&A about self- publishing and what it takes to stand out! We’ll be using the hashtag, #apethebook and we’ll be going for an hour, so if you have any questions about... Read more »