Red Room Originals
Since redroom.com launched at the beginning of 2008, it's been my particular pleasure to edit original articles written specifically for the site's homepage by our authors and members. Each short piece—essays, op-eds, reports, and even one image gallery—is different, but each reflects the literary, community-based spirit of the writers who make Red Room their online home. (The date given is when each article first appeared.)
Are you a Red Room author and have a 500-words or less essay you’d like to submit for our homepage? We run essays on a variety of topics, from serious social and political issues from a personal perspective, to tips on writing, editing, and publishing. We prefer exclusive, original content, but sometimes consider reprints. We don't offer monetary compensation to our authors for their essays, and authors retain copyright and reprint rights to their work. We appreciate your submissions, although we can’t run them all. Please email submissions to email@example.com.Thanks!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room
On the occasion of her new novel's release, Ellen Sussman sends a love letter to the city that sparks her growth as a writer. July 3rd, 2011.
You can rely on editors and advisors, but screenplay editor Derek Rydall shows that, in order to sell your writing, you will have to learn to rewrite. June 13th and 20th, 2011
In her two-part piece, Talia Carner relates how research for her new novel required her to go deeper into her fascination with Jerusalem's secret history. May 30th and June 6th, 2011.
When you've edited several successful anthologies like Victoria Zackheim, you have to wonder if never stopping will become an obsession.April 6th, 2011.
The massive unrest in the Middle East is made startlingly personal in Elizabeth Eslami's essay about a brave woman who got out. March 20th, 2011.
For Black History Month, April Sinclair considers what's been gained and what's been lost. February 25th, 2011
Shaun D. Landry's Black History Month thoughts run to those couples who made history because love should see no color. February 16th, 2011
Lisa Brown has a funny story of how her son and awkward piece of litter deflated some carefully inculcated parenting worries. November 1st, 2010
Catherine Ryan Hyde gives an important rundown of recent efforts to ban LGBT books from school libraries. August 21st, 2010.
Sal Glynn gets the latest news from different parts of the publishing pipeline on the impact of e-books. August 13th, 2010.
Dale Estey's devotion to the Bohemian author finds support in a Nova Scotia park. July 26th, 2010.
Cecil Castellucci finds her roots by giving into the Dark Side. July 6th, 2010.
Jill Dearman argues that the best time get your writing done is when you don't have your conscious mind around to get in your way. March 29th, 2010.
Red Room was proud to introduce you to a woman who facing terminal illness with the same determination and joie de vivre that has marked her life and art. December 21st, 2009.
Marilyn Yalom recounts her surprise and delight as Austria gave her husband and his book a star treatment beyond any American author's dreams. December 21st, 2009.
Comic-book creator J. Marc Schmidt learns to design his own fonts, and takes Red Room along for the ride. November 9th, 2009.
History and African-American Studies professor Elwood Watson calls for balance in assessing Mad Men's representation of race. November 9th, 2009.
Grant Hayter-Menzies's expert knowledge of one Hollywood icon led him to a unique appreciation of another. October 19th, 2009.
G. Willow Wilson writes about why Dave Eggers's new book Zeitoun is so important to her as a Muslim and an American. October 12th, 2009.
Charles Purdy asked the author of The Author’s Guide to Planning Book Events: Tips and Tools for Bookselling Success to share her expertise on book promotion, in a brief interview. September 14th, 2009.
The buzz over the Kindle and other e-readers leaves Rob Boston skeptical. September 14th, 2009.
Sixty authors blogged about what they would have done differently. Douglas Keister's story stood out, but the whole series amounts to a master class in publishing. August 3rd, 2009.
Masha Hamilton's vision to pair American teachers with women's writing classes in Afghanistan is already succeeding. June 29th, 2009.
Jennifer Gibbons took Red Room's pulse at the announcement of this major pop-culture milestone.June 1st, 2009.
Amy Shojai (left, with Serendipity the Siamese) and other authors reveal what makes the animals in their profile photos so special. May 11th, 2009.
Charles Davis praises those hardy souls who dig through a dozen books a week, looking for the gems. May 4th, 2009.
Richard Milner wonders if we mean it when we say we should live with animals. April 13th, 2009.
Jennifer Gibbons's very personal welcome of a revered children's author to Red Room includes a reading challenge. April 6th, 2009.
Giving a prize to an aspiring writer was just the beginning of Brad Schreiber's lesson in writers' community. February 23rd, 2009.
A veteran of writing strong female characters praises DC's Huntress: Year One. February 9th, 2009.
Violence because of an overdue library book? Matt Richter says bring it on! February 2nd, 2009.
Michele Ulriksen has an easy-to-implement tip for authors looking to improve their bottom line. December 22nd, 2008.
Al Pacino's reaction gave Lawrence Grobel a novel experience as a biographer. December 15th, 2008.
It's as essential as breathing for Lynn Ruth Miller. November 17th, 2008.
The late author's insistence on truth shone for Richard Moran. November 10th, 2008.
Will Durst's hilarious take on the more unlikely highlights of the 2008 elections. November 3rd, 2008.
Eve Etzioni-Halevy recognizes the literary power of her family's faith. October 20th, 2008.
Sam Horn shows why it's vital for your title to pop! October 13th, 2008.
Matt Richtel uses up-to-the-minute technology to create a new literary genre. September 15th, 2008.
The Book Smugglers show why the book review's future is online. September 8th, 2008.
Steve Hauk's respect for a revered author deepened when he uncovered a telling detail. September 1st, 2008.
A neurological disorder caused Tennessee Reed's creativity to blossom. August 25th, 2008.
Commenters hijack an Amazon reader review thread. August 18th, 2008.
Red Room is proud to present a retrospective of the artist's variegated work. August 11th, 2008.
An acquisitions editor reports on the industry's history and her own book selection criteria, and the founder of another industry leader shares how his sister's illness changed his perspective. August 4th and 11th, 2008.
Ray Solnik's journey to India changed several lives, including his own. July 27th, 2008.
Julie Buxbaum's research trip took her to the site that inspired the beloved children's classic. July 14th, 2008.
devorah major provides the ingredients to ensure your writing group comes out just right. July 7th, 2008.
The shuttering of a Bay Area institution provided the venue for a poignant introduction between a new author and his newest fan. June 30th, 2008.
Hmm...really? You might as well read and find out...c'mon, it's a car!! June 23rd, 2008.
Ellen Sussman proposes that authors stick together when on the road. June 16th, 2008.
Naomi Bock covers gadgets, gimmicks, and the real future of reading. June 9th and June 16th, 2008.
Elmaz Abinader's loving tribute commemorates a literary icon. May 26th, 2008.
Red Room CEO Ivory Madison reveals her secret identity as a comic book writer. May 12th, 2008.
A convergence of past and present for Red Room editor Huntington Sharp. May 5th, 2008.
Kevin Hearle hopes inspiration doesn't end on Election Day. April 14th, 2008.
Steve Hauk relates the unique tale of a revered writer's generosity. April 7th, 2008.
The Main Library, that is. Bill Hayes finds much to appreciate about a San Francisco institution. March 24th, 2008.
In Jessica Barksdake Inclán’s class, Shakespeare’s passion needs no translation. March 17th, 2008.
Jane Ganahl gets to live a minor Hollywood fantasy about which most of us have probably speculated. March 3rd, 2008.
Thomas Dotson reports that our community was well represented at the bustling comics convention. March 3rd, 2008.
Michele Zackheim's experience "handling" a dissident Kosovar poet for PEN. February 25th, 2008.
Caroline Leavitt shows why it's just as important to read to three people as three hundred. February 18th, 2008.
U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama joins our author community. February 11th and 18th, 2008.
Victoria Zackheim proves that bad reviews happen to great authors. February 11th, 2008.
An event that brought politics and authors together prompted Ayelet Waldman's report. February 4th, 2008.
Mark Krahling proves that men really can do book groups. February 4th, 2008.
He explains why the film about role model Melvin Tolson was overdue. January 28th, 2008.
More than one hundred Red Room authors collaborated to help one of their own. January 21st and January 28th, 2008.
She describes a dissident Turkish writer's struggle to remain free. January 21st, 2008.
Working in the Red Room Writers Society led to a documentary about the survivors of genocide in Africa.
January 14th, 2008.
The Bay Area journalist and author created a stir in religious circles with his book. January 1st, 2008.
No conversation with writer, performer, promoter, Scotsman, and “saloon boss” (as he puts it) is ever conventional. January 1st, 2008.