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Kamy Wicoff's next book, Wishful Thinking, pubs soon. Here's what she's learned along the way.
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:
In the passive voice, the subject of the sentence is being acted on by the verb:
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…Continue
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…Continue
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,…Continue
I'm welcoming young adult author Salla Simukka as my APRIL "Author Spotlight." Salla, who hales from Finland, is the first international guest featured on my blog, Creating the Write Reality! An excerpt from the second book in her internationally acclaimed Snow White series, AS WHITE AS SNOW, was featured on my blog last month. …
Let it go- the things about those you love that you don’t like so much. You may love them, but you don’t like the way they (you fill in the blank) Everybody has something they don’t like about someone they hold dear.
So if you really love them let them have their “quirks” because you have yours. Don’t try…
Seattle, WA (April 17, 2015) – Jerry Kaczmarowski announced today that his latest highly anticipated novel Sapient, a techno thriller, is now available for sale on Amazon in eBook and …
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