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Active vs. Passive Voice

Posted by Maria Murnane on April 13, 2015 at 8:26am 0 Comments

If you've never heard of "active voice" or "passive voice," don't worry, you're not alone. However, while you might not know the official terminology, I'm willing to bet you can easily spot the difference between the two.


In the active voice, the subject of the sentence is doing the acting. For example:


  • I am writing this blog post.
  • You are reading this blog post.
  • They are enjoying that book.


In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is being acted on by the verb:


  • This blog post is being written by me.
  • This blog post is being read by you.
  • That book is being enjoyed by…

[Path to Publication] Creative Marketing Ideas that Pay Off

Posted by Tracy Slater on April 8, 2015 at 11:30pm 10 Comments

Sometimes, when people hear I'm publishing my memoir through Penguin Random House's Putnam imprint, they assume I won't have to do any marketing or publicity on my own. But unless you're a famous writer these days, you can pretty much expect to do at least some of your own publicity. From the literary series I run in Boston and Tokyo, Four Stories, I've known writers who have had New York Times best-sellers, won National Book Awards, and even written Amazon #1 books of the year, who have all taken on at least some of their own marketing.

I'm now 3 months away from the launch date of my book: prime publicity time. But I'm also first-time book author who lives half-way across the planet from the literary mecca of NYC and has a 1-year old baby, the laugh (or is it the tired?) lines of a 47-year-old 1st-time parent, and no proven track record in book-selling, so I'm eagerly exploring creative publicity…


Is Memoir Writing Therapeutic?

Posted by Bella Mahaya Carter on April 12, 2015 at 9:25pm 16 Comments

I recently read Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety, which explores anxiety as experience, rather than pathology. In “A Conversation with Daniel Smith,” at the end of the book, the author was asked if the experience of writing his book was therapeutic.


He writes, “There were moments when writing about my past difficulties with anxiety stirred up old worries,” he said, “but these moments were surprisingly rare for the same reason, I think, that I didn’t really find any therapeutic value in the experience—because the day-to-day problems involved in writing Monkey Mind were literary and not…


The Art of Submission: Committing to the Work

Posted by Emily Lackey on April 14, 2015 at 6:57pm 0 Comments

I did not go to AWP.

I am not one of those people who does not go to AWP and then passive aggressively links to articles and op-eds about how racist/sexist/capitalistic AWP is. I am one of those people who did not go to AWP because she could not afford to go to AWP.

But this isn’t about AWP. This is about what I decided to do instead last weekend, which was to make time for writing—as much time for writing as I would have if I had gone to AWP.

Because I love AWP. I love it even though it is racist and sexist and financially fucked up (more specifically, to charge writers—most of whom do not get paid for their work—two hundred dollars to attend). I love AWP because, when I went last year, I felt so unbelievably invigorated and inspired and, for the first time,…


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