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7 Critiques, UNF Conference, and Agents (Write Stuff 0711)






Writing News for the Sunshine State & the Solar System * Editor: Howard Denson * July 2011


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In This Issue:


NFW to Critique at July 9 Meeting at Willowbranch

Self-Publishing Agents: Unnecessary Evils – Scott Nicholson

Writers’ Conference Scheduled Aug. 5-7 at U of N Florida

The Wrong Stuff – Howard Denson

Stuff from Hither and Yon

Stuff from a Writer's Quill – Cynthia Ozick

Meetings of NFW and Other Groups

Useful Links

The Write Staff

Membership Form

Writers Born This Month


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The North Florida Writers meeting will be at the Willowbranch library on the second Saturday of the month (July 9) at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.


The NFW will also critique manuscripts at the meeting. The critique process has people other than the author of respective works read aloud the submissions (up to 10 double-spaced pages of prose, and reasonable amounts of poetry or lyrics). Authors may not defend their work, but they should listen to the words and rhythms of their creations. 


Willowbranch is located at 2875 Park St., Jax 32205, but, if you are unfamiliar with the Riverside area, go to and use MapQuest to find the easiest route there. The WB phone is 904.381.8490.


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Two prominent names in self-publishing (Barry Eisler and J.A. Konrath) are presenting the case that agents have a desirable role as facilitators for authors who choose to self-publish. Barry makes a rational argument at Joe's blog, and Joe himself is trying it with his existing agent.


The basic premise is the agent handles the cover, the formatting, and the uploading and derives a 15 percent commission (the same commission the agent would make selling a book to a U.S. publisher).


Joe calls them "estributors," but they are not distributing the book to readers, they are distributing them to distributors, which puts them more in a wholesale role, except, of course, they aren't selling anything.

I respect their experience (Barry is married to an agent, and he'd probably BE a good agent if he so chose), and Joe is probably the most educated self-pubber on the planet, but I just don't see why agents should be considered ideal candidates for this task. What is an agent's current job and experience? To assess a manuscript and find a market.

In self-publishing, they do neither. Their assessment skills have zero value in self-publishing. Right now they assess with one measure: Can I sell this to one of the few dozen editors in New York? Self-publishing requires no assessment, unless the agent says, "Whoa, this is crap> You can't publish this!" And who is going to lose their 15 percent to be that blunt? The agent's second role and experience is also rendered useless. The market is already there, and it's the millions of readers owning electronic devices or ordering print-on-demand books.

Presumably they aren't editing the manuscript (that is a different skill for which an agent may or may not be qualified), but it's certainly not a task the facilitator is handling. Let's assume the facilitator knows cover artists. You still have to describe the book, send suggestions, approve the cover file, and basically DO EVERYTHING you would have done on your own except make the first contact (find your own designer) and the last (upload the final file). And you're paying for it, I assume, unless the facilitator is footing some risk and cost.

Okay, the agent can format your file, or have that service arranged. Ted Risk at Dellaster Design will do a very clean epub and mobi for $89. A one-time fee with a fast turnaround time. The "facilitated" author still has to email the MS Word file to the agent/self-pub facilitator, who then sends it to a formatter or has one in-house. The author has merely saved two steps: (1) receiving the formatted file back from the formatting service and (2) uploading it to the markets.

Even if the agent/self-pub facilitator is writing the product description, that won't be written in a vacuum. The author will still have to outline it,  proof it, and suggest keywords, because, even IF the agent reads the book, the agent will never understand it as well as the author (this is actually true of the cover design, too). Time saved: not much. It actually sounds like more work to me.

Employing someone in this role means giving up 15 percent for the entire life of copyright, for a book remaining on sale forever, for a job not only saving the author hardly any time at all, but possibly even CREATING MORE WORK FOR THE AUTHOR!

Yes, now you have an employee/partner to manage, and account for, and play e-mail and phone tag with, and the money that could flow straight to your bank account every month will now be held by someone else who MAY, if you're lucky, dispense it quarterly, removing their share first. In my experience in the publishing world, the biggest risk in the entire venture is letting ANYONE handle your money when you don't have to. Too many things can go wrong. I am not saying fraud is likely, but imagine how hard it would be to audit Amazon if you thought your sales figures weren't adding up. And then imagine how hard it would be to audit an Agent / Self-Pub Facilitator when sales figures don't add up from multiple revenue streams.

No, I am not suggesting all agents are shady and that 15 percent may magically expand to 50 percent under the table. But what would you do if it did? How are you going to audit six or 10 different distributor payments every month or three?


I had rather have my money shoot straight into my bank account. And in three years, when all the agent does is trim 15 percent before sending the rest on its way, and is not adding any new value at all, an author may just get a little bit resentful, even if everyone kept their word.

Let’s examine the third role and experience of an agent: handling your money. Don't forget that agents have no certification, degree, membership association, regulatory oversight, or even uniform code of ethics. Most are self-selecting English grads who moved to New York and hung out a shingle. There aren't a lot of accountants and MBAs on the agency rosters. But you're willing to give them your money just because they once were necessary evils?

Okay, that being said, I would prefer to have an experienced and downsized New York editor handle the task. That’s even IF I thought such a service was valuable (and I clearly don't because my overhead on “Liquid Fear” was exactly $6 and a few hours of time, and it's earned me more than any book I've ever written).

While an agent has never picked out a book cover, editors have. While an agent has never handled promotion, editors have. While an agent has never assessed a manuscript's value in the true marketplace of readers, editors have. While an agent has rarely handled layout or formatting, most editors are at least aware of the process, if not having hands-on experience. Agents handle the very front end of a book, an abstract idea with no intrinsic value. Editors are solidly on both edges of the middle of book production.

But the real question is, why would you assume anyone with experience in traditional publishing knows ANYTHING about what is happening right now? Indeed, it's the outliers who seem to be the most successful, not those who are most closely imitating the old model. I am not relishing the fact that a once-respected profession may soon be on the ropes, but I don't need my blood on the canvas to keep agents in the ring.

There's a great Harlan Ellison line in his story “Mephisto in Onyx”: "Don't confuse a thousand years of experience with the same year of experience a thousand times." If you want to be the monkey, you'll climb higher if you don't have a gang of carnivorous dinosaurs sinking their teeth into your back.

If you want more of this type of insight imbued with passion and scars and joy, why not try “The Indie Journey: Secrets to Writing Success,” on sale this month for $2.99 at the following sites?


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A writers’ conference will be held Aug. 5-7 at the University of North Florida Writers, in conjunction with the Florida Writers Assn. The workshop faculty will feature the following (click on each for info about him or her):


 Glynn Marsh Alam
 Chris Berman
 John Boles
 Laura Parker Castoro
 Sharon Y. Cobb
 Victor Digenti
 Diane Faulkner
 Adrian Fogelin
 Sohrab Homi Fracis
 Lynn Skapyak Harlin
 Kristin Harmel
 Deborrah Hoag

 Frances Keiser
 Sandra Mcdonald
 Jennifer Nelson
 Carol O'Dell
 Liz Robbins

 Sonja Rocha
 Elizabeth Sinclair
 Tony Timbol
 Jamie Williams

 James M. Wilson
 Jane R. Wood


For more information about the conference, read the blog of Victor DiGenti, FWA Regional Director, at or go to

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Intellectual honesty (or perhaps an uncontrollable streak of sadomasochism) demands that I put the Wrong Stuff focus on myself. Yes, it’s true; even I, a legend in my own mind, have committed errors in writing.


Mistakes make it into an e-newsletter or a webpage because of the usual factors: a failure to proof carefully, haste in putting together a product, or the ignorance of the writer. Several of the problems appeared in my Kassandra’s Kitchen website (


Errors occur because of failures of the writer . . . or failures by others (proofers, editors, or typesetters in the olden days) . . . or failures of equipment or programs.


For example, Frank Green of the Bard Society spotted where I had an attack of plaque-itis, perhaps better known as an overuse of words with “q” in them. This attack caused me to refer to the Jacksonville fuhbol* team as the “Jaquars” instead of “Jaguars.” (*That’s a joke, son.)


Clearwater columnist Leo Coughlin (my boss from nearly 50 years ago on a sporting desk in Pensacola) spotted I was referring to Hitler as “Adolph” instead of “Adolf.”


On e-newsletters and small websites, others aren’t available to screw up copy (or greatly improve it). On newspapers, however, I’ve had my copy improved by Leo at The Pensacola News-Journal, Mike Beaudoin at The Tallahassee Democrat, Roger Thames at The Bessemer News, Bob Flynn at The Birmingham News, and others. I tried to see what they did so I could kick my own writing up a notch or two.


On the other hand, I had a high school football piece ruined by the sports department or the composing room when I tried to refer to something like “Quarterback John Jones executed the coup de grace with a 15-yard pass to end Sam Smith.” Someone stuck an “e” on “coup” and had me looking like an idiot writing about “coupe de grace.” (Would that be defined as “when a Chevy coupe runs over a receiver?”)


When I was a graduate student still doing book reviews, especially for collections of poetry, one volume was titled “Matrix: The Poems of [Whomever].” The review appeared with several errors that weren’t in the original copy, including “Martix” in the title. I gave up writing long distance reviews since I could not be there to proof the final product.


Quick digression: Mr. X turned in three pages (“take” in the jargon then) with about 15 spelling errors. After I fixed his copy and gave it to the slotman to be sent to the composing room, I carried a list over to Mr. X. He was about my age, but a better reporter since I was an all-around late developer. I said he might want to keep the list handy when he writes future stories.


He was looking at me as if he had encountered some possessed creature from a sci-fi film, but he thanked me anyway. Later, I realized he didn’t keep a list of his trouble words as I did (and do). An even more horrible insight was that he wrote the copy on our manual typewriters, and he felt it was the job of others to fix it. Alas, he dropped in my estimation since he didn’t even care about the craft of writing.


I was working back then in the latter part of the “hot metal days,” and the composing room had linotype machines that originally required a human linotypist. However, a punchtape system was developed; the wire would print out regular copy and then produce a perforated tape that could be sent to the composing room, hooked up to a linotype machine, and, in theory, automatically print out a galley (or tray) of type.


Except . . .


The galley might contain 12 to 15 inches of type, which would be locked into a page, and then sent on its way to the stereotyping and the presses. By the time the original page was being printed for the first edition, a corrected galley (say, 8 inches for a 12-inch story) would arrive.


My website experience that Frank spotted was similar to this, and I’m still sorting out to what extent I was culpable. Apparently in the copy going from Word into the website, spaces were removed, perhaps at the end of a line where an automatic return would be. In consequence, a line might end up looking like this: “The pagew oul dhave spaces a t irregu lar spots.” With the type on the screen almost greeked, I fixed as many as I could see, but some of them survived. Frank spotted these, and I eventually went back in, exported everything, did a spellcheck (which is excellent for spotting these spacing problems), and reimported the text.




Okay, now that my conscience is clear, let’s focus on what others have done to their copy . . . or what editors and proofers have done to it.




Cutlines for an Associated Press story about travel to Queens, N.Y.:


Completed in 2009, Citi Field in Queens, N.Y., is the home of the Mets. Don’t care for baseball? The borough also offers a plethora of museums and ethnic restaurants.


W.S. SAYS: “Plethora” is a negative word. It is not equivalent to “cornucopia,” “bountiful,” or words that praise a good harvest or the like. For Trekkers, one or two tribbles are cute and furry; when they eat and reproduce like mad all over the space station, you have a plethora of tribbles.




Wikipedia article on Ernest Nash:


The main reason for fleaing Potsdam was the institution of the racial laws by Adolf Hitler.


W.S. SAYS: Apparently, they really bugged Adolf.




Jaweed Kaleem, “Southern Baptists Have Fewest Baptisms Since The 1950s And Are Losing Members” (


Last year, there were 332,321 baptisms in the church, which is 17,416 less than 2009, according to the report from Nashville-based LifeWay Christian Resources.


W.S. SAYS: Perhaps better to write “which is 17,416 fewer than in 2009.”




Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold, quoting “Iron Man,” a top military strategist, Documents Claim Intelligence on Bin Laden, al-Qaeda Targets Withheld From Congress' 9/11 Probe” (


"To me, the sights and sounds, the smoke of that day are not yet history. They are a knot, a silence, a facial tick, a missing friend in Iraq. They are not history yet."


W.S. SAYS: What’s up, Doc, with the bugs? It’s facial “tic” when referring to “a habitual spasmodic muscular movement or contraction.”




Brad Setzer, “FIRST-PERSON: From decline to decision” (Baptist Press


For me, as a missiologist and denominational servant, change needs to come in several places.


W.S. SAYS: This in-house jargon for a faith, no doubt, but “missiologist” doesn’t really work. “Mission worker” is more straight-forward; “mission thinker” sounds weak. Besides, the “mission” part comes from Latin and the “-ologist” from the Greek. Did you go to a school that had a “cafetorium”? What would they call a facility that served as a gym and a cafeteria?




Steve Flowers, weekly column on Alabama politics (


Policies that were set in stone for decades have been uprooted and tossed aside.


. . . However, as the 2011 Legislative Session ends this week every one of the Handshake bills have passed.


W.S. SAYS:  “Every one” is singular, so it should refer to “has passed” or be reworded to say “all of the Handshake bills have passed.”




Wikipedia article on Clara Bow:


Bow and her father moved in at 1714 North Kingsley Drive in Beverly Hills, together with Jacobson, whom by then, also worked for Preferred [Pictures].


W.S. SAYS:  Why did the writer use “whom” instead of “who”? Perhaps the writer thought that since “Jacobson” was an object of the preposition “with,” the pronoun should be objective. No, it becomes part of the subject in the clause. Minor point: If you have a comma after “by then,” put one at the front to set it off.




Don Coble, “Hughley steps up in a big way” (Florida Times-Union):


It took [Jeff] Hughley most of the regular season to develop a report with his quarterback.


W.S. SAYS: The writer suffers from the Stephen Colbert Syndrome. When pronouncing it, we drop the “t” in Colbert and do it again for “report” as Stephen has fun with French peculiarities. However, the writer wanted to use “rapport,” not “report.”




Steve Patterson, “Duval pension fund loses record lawsuit” (Florida Times-Union):


Both sides sunk far more into fighting the court case filed in early 2010.


W.S. SAYS: “Sunk” is an option for regular past tense, but what’s wrong with the regular old “sank”? (Ditto for “sang” instead of “sung.”)




Aaron Worthing, “Fourteen Clear Factual Errors in Richard Stengel’s Essay on the Constitution (And I Am Looking for Your Help)” (


And no, not every black person living in that time were slaves. And of course there is a deeper historical ignorance that this goes to.  Stengel appears to believe this provision dehumanized the slaves by counting them as only three fifth of a person, when in fact the true outrage was that they were counted at all when calculating representation . . . .


W.S. SAYS: Problem #1: We may usually ignore the “school marm superstition” about not beginning a sentence with “and,” but this writer begins 14 sentences with “and.”  The major problem in the sentence is that “not every black person” is singular, so the sentence should have been reworded to “was a slave.”




“About Mutt and Jeff” (


Mutt and Jeff has became part of our cultural vocabulary and the strip continues to attract audiences around the world who appreciate clean, straightforward humor that doesn’t depend on local cultural awareness.


W.S. SAYS: Several problems: Without quotation marks around “Mutt and Jeff,” we are referring to them jointly, so “have” is needed. (Back in the early 1960s, movie ad copywriters left the quotation marks off Hitchcock’s “The Birds,” and ads ended up saying, “The Birds is coming!”) Second problem: “Has” or have” is a helper for the verb, which should be in the present tense: “Have become.” Third: The sentence was gassing on and should have ended with “around the world with its clean, straight-forward humor.”




Frederick M. Brown, “1879 London murder mystery solved” (AFP news agency [Agence France-Presse]):


Julia Martha Thomas, a wealthy widow aged 55, was killed by her 29-year-old housekeeper Kate Webster very close to Park Road in well-to-do Richmond, but her head was never found.


The case became known as the 'Barnes Mystery', which gripped London at the time.




Alison Thompson, the west London coroner formerly identified the recovered skull as that Thomas. She recorded a verdict of unlawful killing and the cause of death as asphyxiation and head injury.


W.S. SAYS: In the first excerpt, the story fails to tell why the case was called “the Barnes Mystery,” instead of, say, “the Thomas Mystery” or “Park Road Mystery.” In the second excerpt, we have a missing comma that may be creating a misreading. Are we referring to Thompson as “the west London coroner formerly” (instead of “the former London coroner”) or does the comma go after "coroner," and the writer is trying to say “formally identified"?



So here we are, and you have discoveries of new errors and even my “mea culpa” (which is Latin for “sorry, Tonto, that I shot you in the butt again”).


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Word Nerds:

Agents of



Art Carey writes about “Word Nerds” in The Times-Leader of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., as he describes how Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson improve the orthography of an area. They say they are agents of TEAL, the Typo Eradication Advancement League.


5 Reasons Why

E-Books Aren’t

There Yet


John C. Abell in Wired finds five reasons by e-books haven’t spelled doom for tree books. For one thing, says he, “An unfinished e-book isn’t a constant reminder to finish reading it.”


Is This The Tipping

Point For E-Books

and Libraries?


According to Audrey Watters, 67% of public libraries in the U.S. now offer free access to e-books for their patrons. That's up 30% since 2007.


Digital Book

Publishing Models

to the Rescue


Olivia Solon describes herself as “a multimedia journo, blogger and geek with a penchant for animal-themed t-shirts.” She discusses the different routes to e-publishing: the J.K.Rowling method, Kindle, and iBooks.



and the region

of death


Move over, Deconstruction and other literary fads. Boston Globe reporter Richard Beck is exploring what Stanford University English professor Franco Moretti has found by turning Shakespeare into data. For “Hamlet,” Moretti charts “the relationships among characters as a network based strictly on whether they speak to one another at any point in the play.”


Italian Without Words:

Using Hand Gestures

in Conversation

Dianne Hales writes in, “Italians, with their innate passion to communicate, have never let words get in the way. In Italy the shrug of a shoulder, the flip of a wrist or the lift of an eyebrow says more than a sacco di parole (sack of words).”


Kathryn T. Windham

opened up world

of storytelling


In “The Daily Mountain Eagle,” Daniel Gaddy discusses “taking a journalism course at the University of Alabama six years ago in which the class talked about our favorite writers.” He became jealous when a fellow student mentioned that he had interviewed Kathryn Tucker Windham, author of "Thirteen Alabama Ghosts and Jeffrey."


First evidence

that birds tweet

using grammar


Should you worry about grammar? Perhaps you should since Andy Coghlan in “New Scientist” reports that Bengal finches utilize grammar in their calls. It’s time for the spirit of Cole Porter to revise some lyrics: “Birds do it, fleas might do it, even aspiring writers should do it.”


“Discover Magazine” also explores the finch-grammar connection and finds that the grammar is learned, not innate.


E. B. White,

The Art of

the Essay No. 1


This old interview by George Plimpton and Frank H. Crowther has E.B. White explaining how he basically had a happy childhood and how he gravitated toward writing.


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If we had to say what writing is, we would define it essentially as an act of courage.


– Cynthia Ozick



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BARD SOCIETY: Every Wednesday: 7 p.m.; Frank Green 410-5775; Email


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SISTERS IN CRIME: First Saturday of each month: 10:30 a.m. at Southeast Regional Library, 10599 Deerwood Park Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32256; Sherry Czerniejewski, president Email


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8 – Jean de la Fontaine (1621), Ljudwit Gaj (1809), Pierre A. Vicomte de Ponson du Terrail (1829), William V. Moody (1869), Marie C. of Seggelen (1870), Emil Bloch (1885), Walter Hasenclever (1890), Elisabeth Zernike (1891), Josef Hora (1891), Richard Aldington (1892), Anton G. J. van de Velde (1895), Alec Waugh (1898), Petar Segedin (1909), Walter Kerr (1913), Elizabeth Kubler-Ross (1926), Shirley Ann Grau (1929), Wolfgang Puck (1949), Anna Quindlen (1952), Rob Burnett (1962);


9 -- John van Hembyze (1513), Emanuel van Meteren (1535), Johannes a Sancto Thoma (Poinset) (1589), Alexis Piron (1689), Johann Nikolaus Götz (1721), Ann Ward Radcliffe (1764), Johanna Schopenhauer (1766), Matthew Lewis (1775), Henry Hallam (1777), Johan P. van der Kellen (1831), Joseph Cowen (1831), Franz Boas (1858), Samuel Eliot Morison (1887), Gerard Walschap (1898), Barbara Cartland (1901), Gerhard Pohl (1902), Beene Dubbelboer (1906), Allama Rasheed Turabi (1908), Mervyn Peake (1911), Oliver Sachs (1933), June Jordan (1936), Hermann Burger (1942), Glen (Charles) Cook (1944), Dean R(ay) Koontz (1945), Robin Williams (1952), Thomas Ligotti (1953), Fred Norris (1955), Tom Hanks (1956), Tim Kring (1957), Paul Merton (1957), Vardis A. Fisher (1968), Lars Gyllenhaal (1968), Masami Tsuda (1970);


10 -- John Calvin (1509), Pierre d'Hozier (1592), Arthur Annesley, 1st Earl of Anglesey (1614), John Ernest Grabe (1666), Robert Chambers (1802), Finley Peter Dunne (1867), Marcel Proust (1871), Gunther Weisenborn (1902), John Wyndham P. L. B. Harris (1903), Salvador Espriu (1913), Saul Bellow (1914), David Brinkley (1920), Derek Prouse (1922), Jean Kerr (1922), G. A. Kulkarni (1923), Moshe Greenberg (1928), Alice Munro (1931), Julian May (1931), Jorgen Becker (1932), Ahmet Taner Kışlalı (1939), David G. Hartwell (1941);


11 -- Bar Daisan (Bardesanes) (154), Robert Greene (1558), Luis de Góngora (1561), Jean-François Marmontel (1723), Thomas Bowdler (1754), Alexander Aphanashev (1826), Leon Bloy (1846), Richard Beer-Hofmann (1866), Herman de Man (Salomon H. Hamburger) (1898), E. B. White (1899), John Francis Boyd (1910), Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger (1913), Cordwainer Smith (1913), Claus Bremer (1924), Frederick Buechner (1926), Harold Bloom (1930), Pai Hsien-yung (1937);


12-- Gaius Julius Caesar (or on the 13th) (100 BC), Edward Benlowes (1602), Arnold Moonen (1644), Henry David Thoreau (1817), Nikolai Chernyshevsky (1828), Abraham Goldfaden (1840), William Osler (1849), Otto Schoetensack (1850), Stefan George (1868), Max Jacob (1876), Ludwig Rubiner (1881), Bruno Schulz (1892), Fjodor Godunov-Tcherdynchev (1900), Gunther Anders (1902), Pablo Neruda (1904), Milton Berle (1908), Johanna Moosdorf (1911), Trevor Illtyd Williams (1921), James E(dwin) Gunn (1922), Beah Richards (1926), Gordon Pinsent (1930), Donald E. Westlake (1933), Bill Cosby (1937), Phillip Adams (1939), Voja Antonić (1952);


13 -- Wilhelm H. Wackenroder (1773), John Clare (1793), Gustav Freytag (1815), Sydney Webb (1859), Francis B. Young (1884), Fernando A. N. de Seabra Pessoa (1888), Isaak Emmanuilovich Babel (1894), Martin David (1898), Kenneth Clark (1903), Hans Blumenberg (1920), David M. Storey (1933), Wole Soyinka (1934), Jack F. Kemp (1935), Jean-Pierre E. Plooij (1945), Michael Shea (1946), Tony Kornheiser (1948), Ian Hislop (1960);


14 -- Poliziano (Angelo Ambrogini) (1454), Pasquier Quesnel (1634), Caspar Abel (1676), William Oldys (1696), John Douglas (1721), Gavrila Romanovich Derzhavin (1743), Mordecai Manuel Noah (1785), John Gibson Lockhart (1794), Owen Wister (1860), Frank Raymond Leavis (1895), Irving S. Stone (1903), Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904), Chaim Raphael (1908), Peter Stadlen (1910), Northrop Frye (1912), Natalia Ginzburg (1916), Arthur Laurents (1918), Leon Garfield (1921), John William Chancellor (1927), Jerry Rubin (1938), George E. Slusser (1939), Susan Howatch (1940), Maulana Karenga (1941), L. Brent Bozell (1955), Joe Keenan (1958), Phil Rosenthal (1963), Kirsten Sheridan (1976);


15 -- Clement Clarke Moore (1779), Thomas Bulfinch (1796), Vilfredo F. D. Pareto (1848), Eduardo Gutiérrez (1851), Kunikida Doppo (1871), Walter Benjamin (1892), Rudolf Arnheim (1904), Ralph Hammond Innes (1913), Abraham Sutzkever (1913), Robert Conquest (1917), Iris Murdoch (1919), Jiri Lederer (1922), Driss Chraïbi (1926), Ann Jellicoe (1927), Clive Eric Cussler (1931), Arianna Huffington (1950), Kate Kellaway (1957);


16 -- Mary Baker Eddy (1821), Philipus J. Hoedemaker (1839), Jens Otto Harry Jespersen (1860), George A. Birmingham (Rev. James Owen Hannay) (1865), Lambert McKenna (1870), Anna Vyrubova (1884), Mauritius R. J. Dekker (Boris Robazki) (1896), Geoffrey Bryan Bentley (1909), Shirley Hughes (1927), Robert Sheckley (1928), Anita Brookner (1928), Caroline Blackwood (1931), Anita Brookner (1938), Marion Pitt (1939), Stanley Gebler Davies (1943), Reinaldo Arenas (1943), Esther M. Friesner(-Stutzman) (1951), Jean-Luc Mongrain (1951), Tony Kushner (1956), Alexandra Marinina (1957), Johnny Vaughan (1966), Will Ferrell (1967);


17 -- Richard Carew (1555), Isaac Watts (1674), Johannes H. van der Palm (1763), William John Courthope (1842), Jakob Christoph Heer (1859), Luis Munoz Rivera (1859), Bart de Ligt (1883), Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888), Erle Stanley Gardner (1889), Bruno Jasieński (1901), Christina Stead (1902), Art Linkletter (Gordon Arthur Kelly) (1912), Roger Garaudy (1913), James (Otis) Purdy (1914), Donald Alfred Davie (1922), Charles Champlin (1926), Pat McCormick (1934), Rainer Kisch (1934), Jose Ignacio Cabrujas (1937), Robert R(ick) McCammon (1952), J. Michael Straczynski (1954), Cory Doctorow (1971);


18 -- Heinrich Bullinger (1502), Zacharias Ursinus (1534), Saverio Bettinelli (1718), Immanuel Hermann Fichte (1797), William Makepeace Thackeray (1811), Tristan Corbière (1845), Rose Hartwick Thorpe (1850), Ricarda Huch (1864), Laurence Housman (1865), Manuel Galvez (1882), Sydney Horler (1888), Herbert Marcuse (1898), Nathalie Sarraute (Natalia/Natacha Tcherniak) (1900), Clifford Odets (1906), S. I. Hayakawa (1906), Harry Levin (1912), John G. Bearer (1914), Thomas Kuhn (1922), Robert Sloman (1926), Margaret Laurence (1926), Ludwig Harig (1927), Simon Vinkenoog (1928), Aad Nuis (1933), Yevgeny Yevtushenko (1933), Edward Bond (1934), Alan Morrison (1974), Alfian bin Sa'at (1977), Jared Hess (1979);


19 -- Heinrich Christian Boie (1744), Gottfried Keller (1819), F. A. Alphonse Aulard (1849), Ferdinand Brunetière (1849), Hermann Bahr (1863), Adriaan J. Zoetmulder (1881), Vladimir Mayakovsky (1893), A(rchibald) J. Cronin (1896), Marc Turfkruijer (1900), Edgar P. Snow (1905), Robert Pinget (1919), Miltos Sachtouris (1919), William A. Rusher (1923), Joseph Hansen (1923), Sybren Polet (Sijbe Minnema) (1924), Max Sordam (1926), Jan Myrdal (1927), John Bratby (1928), Nicholas Bethell (1938), Dom Moraess (1938), Jayson Stark (1951), Jayne Anne Phillips (1952), Srđa Trifković (1954), Garth Nix (1963), Adriaan J. Zoetmulder (1972);


20 -- Imam Bukhari (810), Francesco Petrarch (1304), Arnaud d'Ossat (1537), Destutt de Tracy (1754), Thomas Lovell Beddoes (1803), John Sterling (1806), Ivan S. Gagarin (1814), Thomas C. Allbutt (1836), Augustin Daly (1836), George Otto Trevelyan (1838), Erik Karlfeldt (1864), Hermann Alexander Graf Keyserling (1880), Gustave Charlier (1885), Richard Billinger (1893), Maurice Gilliams (1900), Cesare Zavattini (1902), Dilys Powell (1902), Molly Mary Nesta Keane (1905), Cicely Veronica Wedgwood (1910), Andrew Long (1912), George Johnston (1912), Stanisław Albinowski (1923), Hans Lodeizen (Johannes A. Frederik) (1924), Thomas Berger (1924), Pavel Kohout (1928), Cormac McCarthy (1933), Ralph C. Rinzler (1934), Uwe Johnson (1934), Thomas Friedman (1953), Dan Shaughnessy (1953);


21--Al-Bukhari (810), Matthew Prior (1664), Anthony Collins (1676), Elizabeth Hamilton (1758), Vasile Alecsandri (1821), A.S.C. Wallis (Adele S.C. von Antal-Opzoomer) (1857), Frances Parkinson Keyes (1885), Anton Schnack (1892), Hans Fallada (1893), Hart Crane (1899), Ernest Hemingway (1899), Diana Trilling (1905), A.D. Hope (1907), Marshall McLuhan (1911), Brigitte Reimann (1933), John Gardner, U.S. (1933), Tess Gallagher (1943), Buchi Emescheta (1944), (Garretson Beekman) "Garry" Trudeau (1948), Michael Connelly (1956);


22 -- Jean-Noel/Joannes Natalis Paquot (1722), Mikhail Shcherbatov (1733), Karolina Pawlowa (1807), Emma Lazarus (1849), David D. Salas (1872), Lucien Febvre (1878), O.M. Graf (1894), Stephen Vincent Benét (1898), Amy Vanderbilt (1908), Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah (1915), Tom Robbins (1936), Albert Brooks (Albert Lawrence Einstein) (1947), S.E. Hinton (1948), Steve Albini (1962), David Spade (1964), Lauren Booth (1967);  


23 -- Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore (1823), Edward John Armstrong (1841), Apolinario Mabini (1864), Salvador de Madariaga y Rojo (1886), Raymond Chandler (1888), Maurus H. Hulsman (1891), Karl Menninger (1893), Elspeth Josceline Huxley (1907), Ronald Ridout (1916), Cyril M. Kornbluth (1923), Gavin Lambert (1924), Ludvik Vaculik (1926), Hubert Selby Jr. (1928), Guy Fournier (1931), Thea Dorn (1970);


24 -- John Newton (1725), Elizabeth "Betje" Wolff-Bekker (1738), Ambrose Bierce (1842), Henrik Pontoppidan (1857), Johan A. de Sleeve (Adwaita) (1862), B(enjamin) Frank(lin) Wedekind (1864), Frank Wedekind (1865), Frederic Benson (1867), Vicente Acosta (1867), Oswald Chambers (1874), Lord Dunsany (Edward J.M.D. Plunkett) (1878), Junichiro Tanizaki (1886), Hermann Kasack (1896), Karl von Mechow (1897), Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1900), John D. MacDonald (1916), John Hillaby (1917), Madeleine Ferron (1922), Ignacio Aldecoa (1925), Hedda J. Garza (1929), Barry (Norman) Malzberg (1939), Geoffrey McQueen (1947), Michael Coveney (1947), Banana Yoshimoto (1964), Colleen Doran (1968);


25 -- Jacques Peletier (du Mans) (1517), Geeraerdt Brandt (1626), Pieter Langendijk (1683), Immanuel J. Pyra (1715), Charlotte von Kalb (1761), David Belasco (1853), Max Dauthendy (1867), Benito Lynch (1885), Eric Hoffer (1902), Elias Canetti (1905), Denys Watkins-Pitchford (1905), Joseph Mitchell (1905), Hubert Booi (1919), Maria Gripe (1923), Alice Parizeau (1930), Claude Zidi (1934), Felix Ph. Ingold (1942), Brian M(ichael) Stableford (1948), Mur Lafferty (1973), Jovica Tasevski-Eternijan (1976);


26 – George Catlin (1796), Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802), George Bernard Shaw (1856), George Louis Beer (1872), Carl Jung (1875), Antonio Machado (1875), Andre Maurois (1885), Marcel Jouhandeau (1888), Jacques Pirenne (1891), Aldous L Huxley (1894), Ludovicus J. Rogier (1894), Robert Graves (1895), Paul Gallico (1897), Danton Walker (1899), Jean Shepherd (1921), Blake Edwards (1922), Jan Berenstain (1923), Ana María Matute (1926), Ibn-e-Safi (1928), Lawrence Watt-Evans (1954), Hart Hanson (1957), Rick Bragg (1959), Anne Provoost (1964);


27 -- Jakob Aall (1773), Thomas Campbell (1777), Denis Davydov (1784), Alexandre Dumas fils (1824), Giosuè Carducci (1835), Vladimir Korolenko (1853), Joseph Hilaire Pierre Belloc (1870), Francesco Gaeta (1879), Agnes Yarnall (1904), Jerzy Giedroyc (1906), Joseph Mitchell (1908), Bea Marcia Anastasia verbrook Christoforides (1910), Julien Gracq (Louis Poirier) (1910), Rayner Heppenstall (1911), Hilde Domin (1912), Eva Jones (1913), Vittorio Sereni (1913), Norman Lear (1922), Vincent Canby (1924), Jack Higgins (Harry Patterson) (1929), Bharati Mukherjee (1940), Robert Arthur Thornbury Campbell (1942), Bill Bradley (1943), Cat Bauer (1955); 


28 -- Ibn al-'Arabi (1165), Jacopo Sannazaro (1456), Fabre d'Églantine (1750), Ludwig A. Feuerbach (1804), Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844), Beatrix Potter (1866), Charles Dillon Perrine (1867), George Morren (1868), Thomas P. Krag (1868), Ernst Cassirer (1874), Karl Raimund Popper (1902), Kenneth F. Fearing (1902), Malcolm Lowry (1909), John Ashbery (1927), Remco (Wouter) Campert (1929), Jean Roba (1930), Anthony Ward (1937), Francis Veber (1937), Robert Hughes (Studley Forrest) (1938), Fahmida Riaz (1946), Randall Wallace (1949), Shahyar Ghanbari (1950), William T. Vollmann (1959);


29 -- Simon Dach (1605), Nicolaas Heinsius (1620), Antonius van Gils (1758), Alexis de Tocqueville (1805), Johannes Schmidt (1843), Max Nordau (1849), Georg Kerschensteiner (1854), Booth Tarkington (1869), Eric Alfred Knudsen (1872), August Stramm (1874), Don Marquis (1878), Porfirio Barba-Jacob (1883), Henri Liebrecht (1884), Karl Otten (1889), Michail M. Zosjtsjenko (1895), Eyvind Johnson (1900), Stanley Kunitz (1905), Henry Brian Boyne (1910), Vladimir Dudentzev (1918), Aled Eames (1921), Harry K.V. Mulisch (1927), Jean Baudrillard (1929), Leo Coughlin (1933), Peter Jennings (1938), Marilyn Tucker Quayle (1949), Ruud Janssen (1959);


30 -- Giorgio Vasari (1511), Samuel Rogers (1763), Emily Jane Brontë (1818), Emily Oliver Optic (William Taylor Adam) (1822), Gaston Calmette (1858), Leo van Puyfielde (1882), Jean Jacques Bernard (1888), Salvador Novo (1904), Cyril Northcote Parkinson (1909), Karl Guttmann (1913), William Gass (1924), Alexander Trocchi (1925), Thomas Sowell (1930), Patrick Modiano (1945);


31-- Peter Rosegger (1843), Ignazio Guidi (1844), Munshi Premchand (1880), Grete Gulbransson (1882), Arthur Daley (1904), Brett Halliday (1904), Milton Friedman (1912), Curt Gowdy (1919), Primo Levi (1919), Walter Vogt (1927), Oriana Fallaci (1929), Lynne Reid Banks (1929), John Searle (1932), Cees Nooteboom (1933), William Bennett (1943), João Barreiros (1952), J. K. Rowling (1965), Elizabeth Wurtzel (1967), Ahmad Akbarpour (1970).