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When I think about the publishing community at large, my mind doesn’t immediately gravitate toward images of excess, waste, and environmental unconsciousness. And yet, unfortunately, because of the nature of book manufacturing and the routine destruction of books for tax write-offs, this image is an accurate depiction of some publishing ventures. Most publishers destroy thousands (even hundreds of thousands) of books every year in a process called “pulping” to get rid of excess inventory. It’s practically criminal, honestly, when you think about deforestation and other climate concerns. And more so given that print on demand (POD) technology allows publishers and authors to print more conservatively and then to fulfill orders to demand as needed, or to print on demand from the get-go,…Continue
Wow. I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks and I have to say: reliving the creation of my book? Not as easy as I thought it would be. Probably because while writing a memoir about losing my brother to suicide was incredibly healing, it was also slow and raw and painful, like digging glass splinters out of my heart with my fingers.
It's been ten years since my brother took his own life. I was 24 at the time. Fresh out of a graduate program in literature, I believed words were the answer to everything. I would write about my brother eventually, I knew. What I didn’t know was when I would do it or what I would say. The first year without him the grief was too hot and too sharp to touch. I worked a series of low-paying jobs and zombie-walked my way through the days, waiting…Continue
If you think you have an excuse not to write, I have little doubt that today's guest post by bestselling author Jean Kwok will disabuse you of that and send you to your writing chair. I've known Jean's writing since the fabulous success of her first novel, Girl in Translation, an award-winning New York Times bestseller which has been published in 17 countries and taught in universities, colleges and high schools across the world. She's back with a second novel which has already been named a Best Book of 2014 by Woman's Day and Real Simple. Mambo in Chinatown is the story of a young woman torn between her family duties in Chinatown and her escape into the world of ballroom dancing--a story which may sound a little familiar after you read her post. -…Continue
At the time, I was a newspaper novice looking to network. I was a few years out of J-School. I had already befriended a handful of aspiring writers, and conversations with all of them INSPIRED me. Really. I had a number of great discussions with people who, like me, loved storytelling, sharing, empathizing. Pursuing their dreams.
The trouble with the pursuit of dreams, of happiness, of the perfect job is that doing so involves taking a step forward (hopefully), or at least in a different direction.
I found out in a roundtable newsroom staff meeting in 2011 that I would be losing my job in 2012. It turned out to be a false prediction, because in spring 2012, I was not laid off, but rather was offered a job transfer to Des…Continue
“Step Up And Let Go” is my new book, available on my website http://www.optimistforever.com if you’d like a signed copy and also available on Amazon.com
It chronicles my own personal struggle with still hurting from past comments and…
The state of New York is the third most populous state in the entirety of the United States. The United States Census Bureau recorded New York’s population as 19,378,102 in the Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010. That’s a lot of people concentrated in one area, which means trash levels are similarly high. The numbers back this statement up too, because, according to the NYC Department of Sanitation's NYC Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling (BWPRR),…
Be serve attention for motorcycle road obstacles to make you more alert to danger and take measures to prevent the occurrence of motorcycle accidents.
Motorcycle road hazards are a frequent reason of motorcycle accidents. Objects that have a bit impact on a car, like remains of broken things, rough road conditions, small things, or wet pathway, can give rise to a motorcycle to collision. Motorcyclists should know and comprehend the meaning of what represents a hazard,…
we have been to montgomery
again. it is a pretty place, bunting
across the square, so by the open
window, with fresh scones, we talked,
listened to the quiet. narrow walls,
bricked faces. there is a church
of course for leaving useless requests
and confirming friends. it may
be that i have no photograph.
yet will add a photograph.
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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
There are several serviceable biographies about child psychoanalyst Anna Freud, who lived from 1895 to 1982. But as a fictional memoir, Hysterical…Continue