Category Archives : Tools of the Trade

Win a Royal Quiet Deluxe Typewriter From A/S During the Brooklyn Book Festival!

Hey, oh hi, look at that beauty of a typewriter! Wish you could have to call your very own? Well here’s your chance! During the Brooklyn Book Festival, Armchair/Shotgun will be raffling off a Royal Quiet Deluxe typewriter to one lucky winner! Raffle tickets will be available: one ticket for $5, six for $25. The […]

Ten Surefire Ways to Turn Off a Prospective Agent 2

When he’s not Armchair/Shotgun-ing, John is an agent for children’s and teens’ authors at Scott Treimel NY. An author myself, I know how confounding and stressful the agent hunt can be. The etiquette is not always clear. Can you ask for an update after a few weeks? Can you address the agent by first name?  […]

Tools of the Trade No.2 – The Remington Quiet-Riter 3

Model: Remington-Rand Quiet-Riter, S/N QR2454389 Year Built: 1953 Price Paid: $25 Ah, the 1950’s… When men were repressed, women were oppressed, and typewriters were typewriters. At the midpont of the 20th century, The Remington Rand Corporation was a business-machine behemoth with ties to just about every kind of mechanical industry. At the height of World […]

Built like a tank

The $8 Laptop

Tools of the Trade No.1 – The Underwood Portable

We have some pretty tech-savvy editors at Armchair/Shotgun. And at production time, our sleek netbooks with their solid-state drives and whisper-quiet keyboards make it such that the ubiquitous Macintosh boot-up sound is just about the only thing drowning out John’s smug comments about his Kindle. But, true to our print-ward leanings, we have a deep […]