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[The Art of Submission] It's Not You It's Me

Posted by Emily Lackey on October 29, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

A week ago, a high school senior e-mailed me about my life as a writer. Her teacher is a friend of mine from grad school, and he suggested she get in touch with me for her senior project on writing fiction.


I didn’t respond for eight days. I watched the e-mail get pushed down further and further in my inbox and tried to think of what I had to share with this writer. This very new writer.


I finally wrote something this morning. I answered her questions, but I also rambled, unsure of what to say or how to say it or what wisdom would be helpful to her as she begins her writing life. Do you have a writing routine? she asked. Do you have any helpful writing exercises?


They were good questions, questions that people often…


The Future of Book Distribution

Posted by Brooke Warner on October 27, 2014 at 9:30pm 11 Comments

As a representative of the hybrid publishing arena, I attend a lot of conferences and sit on a lot of panels. In the Q&A portion of these events, the question of distribution always comes up. I wrote a post called "Distribution 101" in February about distribution in which I laid out the what’s what of distribution. If you don’t understand what distribution is, you might want to start there.

If you do understand distribution, this is a more advanced post to explain why, when it comes to print, there’s distribution--and then there’s distribution.

Ingram seriously complicates the distribution conversation for authors because it has two parts to its business—Ingram Wholesale and Ingram…


[THE WRITER'S LIFE] A Rocky Relationship

Posted by Cindy Eastman on October 28, 2014 at 5:30am 4 Comments

I have a blog due today and I have not written it. I started a great one two weeks ago, well in advance of today’s deadline (she wrote while simultaneously patting herself on the back) but I went away for the weekend and when I returned to the piece, Writing wouldn’t talk to me. Apparently we were on a break, only I didn’t know it. Yesterday I tried to get back together with it, but it wasn’t happening. So here I sit, deadline looming, with nothing. Writing is going to teach me a lesson.

Ironically, the topic for my last writing class was this very subject. My students were very interested to talk about the so-called writer’s block and I was going to help them. As luck would have it, I even declared that I didn’t really suffer from such a malady and shared with them some clever strategies…


Grammar Tip: Have GONE, Not Have WENT

Posted by Maria Murnane on October 27, 2014 at 1:12pm 0 Comments

The other day my mom, from whom I inherited my attention to grammar, sent me an email with a subject line that said "THIS CAN'T POSSIBLY BE RIGHT, RIGHT?" 

I clicked to open the attachment, which was a photograph of a newspaper article about a sports team. The article said that "the team had sort of went down the drain over the season." Wow. I can't believe grammar that bad made it to publication in a major newspaper, but that's another story. 

Here's how the verb "to go" works:


PRESENT TENSE: I go to the store.

PAST TENSE: I went to the store.

PRESENT PERFECT TENSE: I have gone to the store.

PAST PERFECT TENSE: I had gone to the…


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