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[1st BOOKS] Robin Black: There Was Only Moving Forward

Posted by Meg Waite Clayton on July 25, 2014 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Robin Black’s debut novel, Life Drawing, is an Indie Next pick for August, and on the long list for the Flaherty-Dunnun First Novel Prize. Claire Messud calls it “at once quiet and memorable.” Robin’s story collection, If I loved you, I would tell you this, was a finalist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize. Her stories and essays can be found on The Rumpus, O. Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune. And if you are giving any thought to MFA programs, this post is for you. – Meg

Life Drawing Cover By the time I applied to the MFA program at Warren Wilson College, I was just shy of forty-one…

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Waiting for the Fruit

Posted by Mel Ryane on July 20, 2014 at 1:00pm 5 Comments

In 2008, as my agent started sending my memoir out to editors, Lehman Brothers closed up shop and so the Great Recession began. Homeowners, wannabe homeowners and the middle- and lower-classes were sent on a terrible downslide.

Publishing is about money and when money disappears, fear sets in. Once that shaking starts, endings begin. Editors left publishing in droves, either being sent on their way, or choosing the role of seller over buyer by hanging out a new shingle: "Literary Agent." Unknown writers flailed, banged their heads against walls, and waited.…

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Undertaking Memoir

Posted by Patricia Reis on July 23, 2014 at 8:30am 9 Comments

“It helps if they are dead,” say many memoirists when asked about including family members in their work. Clearly, memoir is an undertaker’s profession: how to present the person so they look as natural as they did in life? Consider, for example, preparing the late Mickey Easterling, the infamous Grande Dame of New Orleans, for her big finale. “My goal,” said her wardrobe consultant and cosmetician, “was to make her look even prettier than she was in real life.” So there she sits, a well-cosseted Mickey, presiding over her own memorial party perched on a raised wrought iron bench wearing a bright rose-flowered dress, outrageous hat, fuchsia pink feather boa, a cigarette holder and champagne flute clutched in the bejeweled claws of her red fingernail painted hands, a diamond-studded “Bitch”…

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Marketing tip: Use text in your hyperlinks

Posted by Maria Murnane on July 22, 2014 at 9:57am 0 Comments

Including hyperlinks in your marketing materials is a great way to send people to your Amazon page, or your website, or your Facebook page, or anywhere you want them to go. But the actual links can be long and quite unsightly, so I suggest using the text function to make them look clean, pretty and professional.

 

Hyperlinks look better with text!

Let's use the e-mail signature as an example. Including a clever blurb about your books and a hyperlink or two in your e-mail signature is a fantastic marketing strategy that I've been recommending for as long as I've been writing this blog. However, I often receive e-mails from authors that include crazy long links. To protect the guilty, I'm…

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The Hole in the Ground

Grandmom could hear the thumping on the roof. Exiting the house she was curious to see what all the ruckus was. There she saw my father at the peak of the roof. "Raymond," she hollered up, "you get down from there right now."

 

"Yes, Mother," Dad responded as he laid down and rolled to the bottom of the roof.

 

Grandmom watched in horror as he reached the end of the line and dropped to the ground, he was laughing, and she was furious. "What in the…

Cuban Blog Day #13 Ask the Right Questions

I took a $15 CUC taxi back to Holguin from Gibara. I had just missed the bus to take me to Camaguey. It was very disappointing as it meant I had to choose between waiting for three hours or taking another taxi and spending more money.  I’d asked la dueña and some other…

What Do You Think of Yourself?

What do you think of yourself? Do you see yourself as a confident person; one who sets goals and meets them; one who sees themselves as having the ability to face life’s “challenges” and come out stronger and better? Do you see yourself as a competent person?

Good for you- you’re on the right track and…

Thought for the Day

Posted Thought for the Day, a quote from William Stafford's poem 'You and Art':

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/07/thought-for-day_27.html

Romance Writing Insight: Why I Prefer NOT to Have a Best Seller

My newest multicultural romance, A Lover for Beth, is one of my best-selling short stories to date. It's shot up the Amazon charts, ranking in the Top 100 in three separate categories (as the accompanying graphic illustrates). Of course, I'm thrilled. But it's also thrown me for a loop. How/why?…

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    There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue

     
     
     

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