At last week’s glitzy National Book Awards (NBA) ceremony, the recession seemed far away. These celebrations create the illusion that some authors are beyond the everyday struggles of regular writers.
GalleyCat kept the bad economy front-and-center on the red carpet, quizzing the award-winning authors on their survival tips for aspiring writers. In this two-minute video, we collected the best advice from these NBA finalists: Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of “American Salvage;” YA finalist Rita Williams-Garcia, author of “Jumped;” fiction finalist Marcel Theroux, author of “Far North;” YA finalist Laini Taylor , author of “Lips Touch: Three Times;” poetry finalist Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon, author of “Open Interval;” and nonfiction finalist Sean B. Carroll, author of “Remarkable Creatures.”
For more NBA coverage, check out our exclusive videos. We interviewed NBA fiction winner Colum McCann about New York City and grace. We also interviewed NBA nonfiction winner T. J. Stiles about his own struggles as a writer this year. Finally, we quizzed the nominees on Stephenie Meyer’s bestselling Twilight Saga.