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Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Help please! Advice on marketing an "edgy" book.' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"I didn't realize the cover image would be so huge. I'm still figuring out about jpg sizing. When Neva Greene finds a clue to her missing parents' whereabouts, she follows their trail to war-torn Coatepeque, where she meets a man…"
Jul 4, 2012
Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Help please! Advice on marketing an "edgy" book.' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
" It's called Red Weather (after the Stevens poem)"
Jul 3, 2012
Janet McAdams commented on the blog post 'It's About Time: She Writes Press!'
"Brooke & Kamy, Just to say that after doing the math re: my own novel published in April, I see that the cost of this is quite reasonable. I would be well in the black with my own book. And I agree completely with what you've explained,…"
Jul 3, 2012
Janet McAdams commented on the blog post 'It's About Time: She Writes Press!'
"Thanks for your response, Kamy. And good luck with the press."
Jun 29, 2012
Janet McAdams commented on the blog post 'It's About Time: She Writes Press!'
"Hmmm, close to $4000 (if you include the $25 submission fee). How many copies would an author need to sell to recoup that? Who are the distributors you'll be using and will they accept returns? Otherwise, it seems unlikely that bookstores will…"
Jun 29, 2012
Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Help please! Advice on marketing an "edgy" book.' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
" Hi Kitty, I'm a poet who just published her first novel."
Jun 29, 2012
Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Help please! Advice on marketing an "edgy" book.' in the group Small Publishers and Independent Authors
"I agree. I love the title & it leads me to expect a funny, wry book, not a pornographic one (and probably not even an erotic one)."
Jun 25, 2012
Kat Asharya replied to the discussion 'Getting Organized: Files, Folders, Outlines, Index Cards & Software' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Hello all! From everyone's input, it sounds like I need to check Scrivener out, it sounds really awesome. I used Evernote to help keep my research organized for my novel, but I don't use it at all for my writing. (Alas, for writing I just…"
Jun 23, 2012
Michele Tracy Berger liked Janet McAdams's discussion Getting Organized: Files, Folders, Outlines, Index Cards & Software
Jun 23, 2012
Dariel Raye replied to the discussion 'Getting Organized: Files, Folders, Outlines, Index Cards & Software' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Hi everyone! I'm new here. Thought I'd jump right in since organization is so important. I'm using Scrivener, too. I noticed a few other writers are using it and I haven't heard any complaints about it yet. Relatively inexpensive…"
Jun 22, 2012
Pooja Pillai replied to the discussion 'Getting Organized: Files, Folders, Outlines, Index Cards & Software' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Wow Katherine...I see how your process can be very useful for me to adopt. My style at the moment is just too messy and instinctive. Do you prepare these cues before you actually begin writing at all? I tried doing an outline once, but I lost the…"
Jun 21, 2012
Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Experience with a publicist?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
" You might check out the packages that Author Buzz offers."
Jun 20, 2012
Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Our Published Novels!' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
" Ute, This sounds fantastic! I'm already laughing from the blurb--the novel must be a hoot. I can't wait to read it. "
Jun 19, 2012
Catrina Barton replied to the discussion 'Getting Organized: Files, Folders, Outlines, Index Cards & Software' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"I've just recently started using scrivner and have kicked myself in the butt for giving away my half off code after Nov 2011 Nano. I won, butt didn't have the money to use the code. Live and learn. XD "
Jun 19, 2012
Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Have you been to a Writers Conference?' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Linnea asks what happens at a Writers' Conference. It depends upon the conference. Some are about networking, making professional connections, learning the business side of being a writer. Some are almost strictly about writing itself, the…"
Jun 19, 2012
Janet McAdams replied to the discussion 'Getting Organized: Files, Folders, Outlines, Index Cards & Software' in the group Novelists (Struggling or Not)
"Well, I love Scrivener--I've been using it for not quite a month. Still in the very early stages of this novel, but I can already see that the things that drove me crazy with the first novel--organizing large pieces of text, trying to keep my…"
Jun 19, 2012

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Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
The Island of Lost Luggage

Feral

Red Weather
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Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Lit Crit
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I don't remember but someone recently mentioned it on the Wompo list, which caused me to reconnect.

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What Prose Writers Can Learn from Poetry, Part II

Posted on April 29, 2012 at 5:35pm 0 Comments

It's tempting, I think, when writing narrative-driven prose (fiction or non-fiction) to imagine that the end of the plot is the end of the story. 'What happened at the end' too often drives a story toward a final event--a concluding moment rendered in action--instead of an ending grounded in an ethical or emotional change in the lives of your characters.

Poetry, with its imagistic and/or musical endings, can offer different models for the final note of a piece of…

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What Prose Writers Can Learn from Poetry

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 8:51am 0 Comments

Most poets I know read all kinds of prose writing, novels (especially), short stories, memoir, essay. And while I know a few prose writers who are regular and enthusiastic readers of poetry, too many seem to find poetry, especially contemporary poetry, a little off-putting. Too much work, they sometimes seem to say. I would argue, though, that the rewards are there, for all writers. That poetry offers superb models for learning about the richness of imagery and metaphor, about…

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At 4:13pm on April 14, 2012, Judith Marshall said…

Hi Janet, Good luck with the book!

At 8:24pm on November 11, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…

Janet, if you're at all interested in doing a guest post on 1st Books when your novel comes out, will you let me know? I love to support University Presses, but most of the folks I know publish with commercial publishers so I don't often get the chance. Take a look at www.megwaiteclayton.com/1stbooks and if you're interested, let me know.

 

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At 12:00pm on November 5, 2011, Meg Waite Clayton said…
Janet, Glad to have you in the novelist group! You might introduce yourself by telling us what you’re working on in the “Show Me Your Novel and I’ll Show You Mine” discussion if you're not too uncomfortable talking about what you're working on. We save the wall for discussion, so please refrain from linking to blog posts there, but do add them in the “Links to Helpful Blog Posts for Writers” discussion thread. And we do a live chat every Wednesday at 1EST; instructions on how to participate are in the "Our Water Cooler Wednesdays" box near the top of the group page. Hope you can join us for that.

Meg Waite Clayton
Novelist Group Moderator
Bestselling Author of The Four Ms. Bradwells, The Wednesday Sisters, and The Language of Light, a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize
At 8:58am on July 2, 2009, Patricia Clark said…
Hi Janet -- I remember our long-ago Ragdale days. How are things going? Nice to see your face here! best, Patricia
At 8:21am on July 2, 2009, Diane Lockward said…
Hi Janet--Good to find you here in this new space.
 
 
 

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