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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 3 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…

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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…

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[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…

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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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Some Thing Asteroidal by Tony Taylor, author of The Darkest Side of Saturn

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Gorgeous Persian Calligraphy

Today's post offers a look at an exhibition at Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of nasta'liq, a Persian calligraphy that is among the most beautiful I've seen.

http://writingwithoutpaper.blogspot.com/2014/10/gorgeous-persian-calligraphy.html

Crystallize It- New Class Starts 11/5!

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