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The Curious Case of The Writer's Life: How Characters Teach Us How To Listen

Posted by Alexandra Caselle on July 31, 2014 at 12:30pm 2 Comments

The writer’s house sits at a crossroads. To her left is the sea of opportunity, new ideas and characters being channeled by her very own Long Island medium, her muse. To her right is the black pavement of ideas and characters stuck in concrete, latchkey kids left behind to swelter in the unbridled heat of stagnation. They melt into the dead-end road, like the Wicked Witch of the West. They have come undone like Wally Lamb’s Dolores Price. 

My main character hovered over her lifeless body. She was a hollowed shell bereft of youthful ideas, more like the walking dead. Once full of life, she sat by my side and told me her story, taking me through the hushed silence of Mississippi trees and half-gallon Mason jars of sun tea to her…


[REALITY CHECK] - “Amazon Ate My Ebook!”: The Truth About What Amazon Can and Can’t Do With Your Ebook

Posted by Zetta Brown on July 31, 2014 at 7:00am 7 Comments

When you're an author, not only do you have to stay on top of your craft, you have to stay on top of the market and the publishing industry.

As I've said several times on this blog, the publishing business is a business. Being a published author isn't all writing, social media, cozy coffee shop book signings, and royalty checks, it is a business.

It's easy for authors to get bogged down inside their own heads and miss what is going on in areas that can directly affect them and their writing future. Another thing that's easy for authors to do is jump on bandwagons and join lynch mobs, especially when it comes to one company we love--and love to hate.


I know it's hard to stay on top of industry news and trends. Many of us turn to trusted…


Claiming the Name of Writer

Posted by Katie Woodzick on July 30, 2014 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

I did not consider myself a writer until I started working for Hedgebrook.


I was an actor who wrote occasionally, a theatre major who had gravitated toward non-profit communications, but not a writer.


When I was introduced to new people, the conversation would often go something like this:

“What do you do?”


“I work for Hedgebrook.”


“Oh, great, you must be a writer then, right?”


I so wanted to reply with a resounding “Yes, I am,” but I felt somehow unqualified. I had deemed my poems and half-finished plays and essays unworthy. I was the harshest critic of my work and my own worst enemy.


Hedgebrook empowered me to name myself as a writer.


There wasn’t…


Thank You Letter to My Book

Posted by Cheryl Rice on July 30, 2014 at 11:30am 6 Comments

Dear Book,

After carrying the dream of you inside of me for what feels like forever, we are a scant ten weeks shy of your official launch into the world. While I’m not quite ready to say goodbye, I am ready and eager to thank you, for no matter what happens after you leave the nest, you have already given me more than I can express. 

Since I don’t want my gratitude to get lost in the frenzy of your upcoming birthday party, let me take this moment to appreciate all you have given me.

Because of you, as a first-time author, I have learned how to ask and receive help in ways I never thought possible. I have reached out for assistance from wonderful people who have helped us both grow. I have even contacted complete strangers—high-profile and highly accomplished people I wouldn’t have…


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Welcome Lori L. Otto, Author of the Emi Lost and Found Series

So, today on But What Are They Eating? we are going to change things up a bit:
But What Aren’t They Eating?
In my Emi Lost & Found series,…

Good Morning!

Good morning everyone! It's a beautiful day! It's still dark outside but the sun is just starting to streak orange bands up over the horizon. It is a day full of promise and it belongs o you to shape in any way you desire. You have that power, always remember…

. humans .

make bombs with razor bits
to explode and cut people up.

to kill, and dismember, some
one picks the bits up, to carry
home in a bag.


two thousand and fourteen.

it is raining today.


Are You Vibrating Towards It?

Are you vibrating towards it…the goals you have set for yourself; the things you desire? They are already there, all around you, just waiting for your vibration to match theirs.

And how do you get there? By holding the thought, unwavering, that they are already yours. See yourself, in your mind’s eye, in…

Going First: Beginning (or continuing) a conversation about the creative lives of women

Jan Phillips and I spent time together in June at Women's Voices, Women's Visions at Skidmore College. photo by Denice Jelley Jan Phillips and I spent time together in June at Women's Voices, Women's Visions at Skidmore College. photo by Denice Jelley

I am very curious about conversation.

I love to talk with people about more than the weather.
I want to know what you think, how you see the world and what strikes you as beautiful, memorable or important.
And I want to know what…


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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

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