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www.About-the-Books.com
The Hidden Novelist Project

They write, revise, fret, sweat, and bring us a story that lasts forever. These are writers who provide us with fiction, with novels, with stories that transport us from our everyday lives to foreign lands or neighborhood taverns.

We are fortunate to interview these authors, many Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, who appear on the WordSmitten Media broadcast, “About the Books.”

In addition, we interview debut novelists, launching their first work of fiction, along with award-winning non-fiction authors. They tell us their own personal stories, including the fun and the flaws.

These are audio memoirs. They tell Kate Sullivan, our producer and host, how they bring these enduring stories under the wing of New York publishing houses. These authors tell us how they create books that entertain us, that mystify us, that make us cry and laugh. They tell us their story.

  • Australian-born author Geraldine Brooks told us she saved more than $400.00 during her teen years, and was the first person in her family to buy a car. It was a Honda Zot. So fun, this car!

  • Edward P. Jones mentioned his Washington, D.C., residence has almost no furniture. He sits on the floor. He ignores the Associated Press when they call to ask for a comment about the Pulitzer. 

  • Jane Smiley reads in the bathtub. Why didn't we think of it?

We need to rely on your help to bring these broadcast interviews to paper. We collect these elusive voices from the airwaves and transform them from our hidden novelist archives to a readable collection. We bring their spoken words to print.

Our transcription project transfers audio presentations from our radio and podcast archives to an anthology. 

This is a collection of interviews with Pulitzer Prize-winners and includes Edward P. Jones [The Known World]; Geraldine Brooks [March]; Jane Smiley [A Thousand Acres]; Elizabeth Strout [Olive Kitteridge]; and, debut novelists that include Nancy Horan [Loving Frank]; Maggie Pouncey [Perfect Reader]; Andrew Trees [Club Rules]; and Diane Leslie [Cleaning Nabokov’s House].

Authors we interview, who make a difference, include Oprah-pick author Connie May Fowler [Before Women Had Wings]; British author Sadie Jones [Small Wars: A Novel]; Janet Burroway [Writing Fiction]; Natalie Goldberg [Writing Down the Bones]; and Mr. Gay Talese, [Honor Thy Father], who is married to the notable editor at Doubleday's eponymous imprint of Nan A. Talese. This list is just the beginning of the Hidden Novelist Project. There are more than five years of spoken-word to printed-word tapes, CDs, thumbdrives.

Each transcription is labor intensive. The initial audio-to-paper cost is $150.00 and then there are hours of editing [kudos to the team who invented speech-to-text software, but we have a quick question. How does New York City translate to "knew your kitty" in a transcription? Seriously?], so your support is so important!

Visit www.About-the-Books.com and thank you for supporting the Hidden Novelist Project. For those of you who love books, and who support us at the mid-level, we are sending you this sturdy tote bag for your hard-copy books and your e-readers! This book tote will carry you to wonderful places. 

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    $4.00 – Your contribution provides you with your name in the collection, recognizing you as a supporter of “About the Books.”

    BTW, it’s a Sunday broadcast and is our labor of love in support of writers and the craft.

    This project from About the Books, the Hidden Novelist, is a short trot through celebrated and literary minds, and begins with an interview with debut novelist Maggie Pouncey [Perfect Reader].

    We want to include your name (or your alias, your nom de plume, or your 007 James Bond mystery writer tag) between the chapter sections, in alphabetical order. If your name begins with a number, you rock. Bond, James Bond a.k.a. 007. We love mystery writers, too.

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    $9.00 – Provides you with your name in both the collection, noted above, and recognition on our Website, www.About-the-Books.com for supporting the authors of these stories. You'll receive an e-book (PDF version) of an excerpt of a notable author interview from the book.

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    $24.00 – Provides you with all the above and, a wonderful linen book tote bag from our WordSmitten Writing Workshop Series, filled with hugs (the x-o-x-o kind), to help you carry all those splendid books you read, including the new About the Books compilation of author interviews.

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    $45.00 – Provides you with all the above and a copy of a book from one of our selected authors who appear on About the Books, the show (and in the book). And, we'll send you the first-off-the-press collection of the written stories of our selected authors.

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    $150.00 – Provides you with all the items in the above categories, and because you are helping to fund the transcription for an author’s entire interview from the show, you’ll receive the book, autographed. Think of the posterity. You’ll be able to tell your children you’ve saved them from literary neglect and index-finger fillips.

    Plus, you’ll be our hero, the one wearing the fancy satin cape with the big letter W that stands for WordSmitten, the producer of “About the Books.”

    For your helpful donation of $150.00, we’ll add a WordSmitten T-shirt letting people know that you are not only a supporter of authors, but of public libraries (we love them, too!).

    We would be delighted to have you support the WordSmitten “About the Books”
    audio-to-book project!

    Thank you for your support!

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    $300.00 – Provides you with all the items in the above categories, and because you are helping to fund the transcription of two of our selected authors' interviews from the show, you’ll receive the book, autographed. There are more than five years of weekly segments, so at this level of support, you are a true VIP!

    You'll have VIP seating at an annual WordSmitten Writing Conference in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida with two nights at the waterfront SeaBreezeManor Inn, where our editors, book publishers, and authors stay every year during our annual writing conference.
    And, you have a special invitation for us to record you in a 60-second segment to air on our broadcast. We believe that everyone has a story that needs to be recorded, whether it is about your beloved grandfather or your weird Uncle Al.
    Tell us your personal story on our "About the Books" broadcast!

    And, thank you for your support!

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