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I was excited as I drove to visit Ellie, a member of my writer’s group, who had offered to read the first draft of my memoir. On the phone, she’d said she was enjoying it, so I was ready for a big ego boost, like that scene in the film Sophie’s Choice when Nathan is so impressed with the first draft of Stingo’s novel that he pulls out a bottle of Champaign and declares him a literary genius. That is not what happened at Ellie’s.
A writing teacher and author of her own memoir, Eleanor Stanford said I had too many themes and not enough…Continue
Hi everyone! I’m really excited about this week’s post for a lot of reasons, but there’s a biggie that’s the main source of my enthusiasm: The final early readers are done with my book, and they’re ready to sit down with me and talk about it.
I’ve had some initial comments from them, of course. Vaguely positive, which is good! Now that I’m gearing up to sit with them and really flesh out the problems they found with the text, I’m thinking about what questions I want to ask. I have specific things that I’ve been nervous about and working on through different drafts, so of course I want to see if those come up naturally, or if the readers picked up on them. But I’m also wondering if there are questions I don’t know I should be asking. I don’t know what I don’t know. You know?
This week it is my pleasure to have my friend Marci Baun as my guest. Marci is the owner of two publishing houses, Wild Child Publishing and Freya's Bower. She is also an author, editor, mother, athlete, and owner of a gorgeous gold dress that comes out on special occasions.
Marci knows all the ins and outs of e-publishing because she is one of a handful of publishing houses that has been around for years (fifteen to be exact)--long before Amazon and NYC started throwing their weight around in this part of the industry.
But she can also relate to living the life of an author and trying to juggle life, creativity, and business at the same…Continue
I often hear people use the pronoun "I" when they should be using "me." Here's a quick lesson on the difference between the two.
"I" is a subject pronoun, which means it should be used only when you, the speaker, are the subject of the sentence, i.e., that you are DOING something.
"Me" is an object pronoun, which means it should be used only when you, the speaker, are the object of the sentence, i.e., that someone ELSE is doing something to you, with…Continue
No dolls harmed in making of this post :-)
A visual take on a classic piece of writing advice, courtesy of my a former writing classmate, Michael Lipoma:…
In April of 2008, at approximately 11:00 pm, a family of three was found slain in a house in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, across the street from a school where I had just spoken to middle schoolers about my writing career and the best paths to college.
I discovered this misfortune upon exiting the building. Officials informed me I could not leave the area because of yellow tape which snaked around the entire block. It enclosed the car of another speaker who offered me a ride…
I am not someone who sits in front of the blank page agonizing trying to think of things to write. My brain is an ADD thought processor on steroids, with more characters and story lines pumping per minute than I could possibly use. The…
14 Book Events in 20 Days
The DIY Book Tour brought my second book Seedlings, Stories of Relationships, to book lovers in New Jersey, New York, and Long Island.
Now back home in Tucson, the tour…
Or do you see what you want in crystal clear focus; seeing it and feeling it as if it already belonged to you?
The late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale…
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My first book is currently in production with She Writes Press for publish date of April 2014. Meanwhile, while writing Book 1, I completely deleted a whole last section of the book, a continuation on how to use everything in the book on a daily…Continue
There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue