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1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started

About 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started

Bestselling novelist Meg Waite Clayton hosts 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started, a blog meant to inspire writers to keep writing. Wednesday guest posts about how authors started writing, kept going through rejection, and ultimately gained publication, awards, and places on bestseller lists, are intermixed with quotes on writing, occasional writing exercises and tips, and a peek behind the scenes at the publication process for Meg's third novel, The Four Ms. Bradwells.

If you think writers are born rather than made and brilliant writing is recognized immediately, those rejection slips for your novel—or story or nonfiction query, or (heaven help you) letter to your own mother—can seem a daunting thing. The truth is getting started as a writer takes hard work, persistence, and a bit of luck.


Meg is an enthusiastic She Writer; you can find her here at Meg Waite Clayton

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[1st BOOKS] A novel in a drawer finds light

Posted on February 28, 2015 at 2:20pm 0 Comments

I'm delighted to report that 1st Books is back on SheWrites after an overlong hiatus. (The good news is my fifth novel is now in the can.) Those of you who frequent 1st Books know that my favorite moments here are those where I get to introduce a debut novelist. This week, Jan Ellison - whose writing chops include an O. Henry Prize as well as stories short-listed for Best American Short Stories and the Pushcart…

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[1st BOOKS] From Factory to Bestselling Author

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 5:30am 5 Comments

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…

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Meg Waite Clayton: In Praise of Writing Friends ... and Publishing and Bookselling Ones, Too

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 1:00am 4 Comments

No guest today. Just me, since my own new novel, The Four Ms. Bradwells is just out. I'm on book tour with it, and am meeting She Writers everywhere I go. Hope to see you as well!





The history of my own writing starts… Continue

Sarah Pekkanen: A Glass of Wine and a Little Courage

Posted on March 4, 2011 at 1:00am 6 Comments

  She Writer Sarah Pekkanen shares how she made the transition from reporter to novelist on Meg Waite Clayton's 1st Books

 

I'm having a nice little Gaithersburg Book Festival run lately, hosting…

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[1st BOOKS] From Factory to Bestselling Author

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…See More
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Who I am:
FIRST BOOKS: STORIES OF HOW WRITERS GET STARTED is the blog of Meg Waite Clayton, author of the national bestseller, The Wednesday Sisters,and the forthcomingThe Four Ms. Bradwells (Ballantine, March 2011)

“A writer must teach himself that the basest of all things is to be afraid.” -William Faulkner

About 1st BOOKS: Stories of How Writers Get Started
If you think writers are born rather than made and brilliant writing is recognized immediately, those rejection slips for your novel—or story or nonfiction query, or (heaven help you) letter to your own mother—can seem a daunting thing. The truth is getting started as a writer takes hard work, persistence, and a bit of luck.
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
My latest novel, The Wednesday Sisters (a national bestseller!), is the story of five friends who form a writing group. The Four Ms. Bradwells will be published by Random House's Ballantine Books in March, which will also rerelease my first novel, Bellwether Prize finalist The Language of Light, in June. I'm now working on a fourth novel under contract with Random House. I also write the occasional short story and essay.

My website is www.MegWaiteClayton.com

My blog is 1st Books: Stories of How Writers Get Started

And I'm on twitter @ megwclayton
and on Facebook

Phwew!
Media outlets that I currently write for:
write occasional short pieces freelance
My writing is:
Fiction, Journalism, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
I host traditionally book-published authors on 1st Books, but don't review
Services I offer to other writers:
N/A
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
yes
My professional associations:
AWP, Author's Guild, PEN, WNBA, local author groups

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