Don’t Touch, Be Touched


Publishers stress that readers nowadays want to feel like they’re in a relationship with an author. But I’ve just put everything I know into writing and in exchange you pay me $25 for a book. Can’t we be done?

At Lit Hub, Maria Semple talks with Jami Attenberg about comparing yourself to other writers and the irritable nature of social media. In defining her own reluctance to interact on the Internet, she also shares an amazing anecdote about the untouchable Diana Ross.

Tamara Matthews is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor. Visit or find her on Twitter: @writingtoatee. More from this author →