What's a Rollwagen?

Carrie Rollwagen is a writer and book reviewer with a love for technology and storytelling: She reviews books for Southern Living and BookPage and works as Vice President of Strategic Planning for Infomedia. Carrie wrote the book The Localist and co-founded Church Street Coffee and Books in Birmingham, AL.

Is “Never Work for Free” Good Advice?

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One of the things that came up in my podcast conversation with videographer and photographer Mateo Zarate was whether or not creatives should work for free. There’s a very vocal group that says you should always be paid for your work, and you should never work for free, for exposure […]
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When Big Magic Is a Long Time Coming

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In her book Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert writes that you have to jump on creative ideas when you have them because you can’t recapture the original spark of your idea once it’s passed. I get what she’s trying to say — but I hope it’s not true. I can’t always […]
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What It’s Like to Have a Vespa Instead of a Car

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Photo by Morgan Trinker I have a weird history with cars. I didn’t get my license until I was 21, and then I had a Volkswagen Beetle that was broken down more often then it ran. My next car was totaled by someone who wasn’t insured, and the payout wasn’t […]
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  • The Localist

    This is the book I wrote! Buy it in paperback or as an ebook; it's…
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    The Ocean at the End of the Lane

    The new Neil Gaiman book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, comes out…
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  • Heads in Beds

    Reading Heads in Beds is like getting a drink with your most smart, funny, cynical…
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  • The Cursed Child

    Yesterday, J.K. Rowling released Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new Harry Potter story,…
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  • i wear the black hat klosterman

    I Wear the Black Hat

    Chuck Klosterman’s new book, I Wear the Black Hat, comes out today, and it’s a…
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    Mr. Chartwell

    Mr. Chartwell is the story of a human-sized, talking black dog that moves in with…
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  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

    I went to a bunch of bookstores this spring on the book tour for The…
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