I was excited as I drove to visit Ellie, a member of my writer’s group, who had offered to read the first draft of my memoir. On the phone, she’d said she was enjoying it, so I was ready for a big ego boost, like that scene in the film Sophie’s Choice when Nathan is so impressed with the…Continue
Hi everyone! I’m really excited about this week’s post for a lot of reasons, but there’s a biggie that’s the main source of my enthusiasm: The final early readers are done with my book, and they’re ready to sit down with me and talk about it.
I’ve had some initial comments from them, of course.…Continue
I often hear people use the pronoun "I" when they should be using "me." Here's a quick lesson on the difference between the two.
"I" is a subject pronoun, which means it should be…Continue
Added by Maria Murnane on September 9, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments
My first book releases from Seal Press in exactly two weeks, and once again I start the day by scanning my to-do list, adding more items than I cross out: reserve a keg for my book launch, decide on room arrangement, respond to emails, set up Facebook events, make a hair trim appointment, answer questions for three different online interviews, upgrade wardrobe, order bookplates, clean the book…Continue
The FCC’s current attempt to eviscerate Net Neutrality is a direct threat to our work and could have disastrous consequences for women & girls. With the public comment deadline looming, and a final decision from Chairman Wheeler and the FCC coming soon after that, it’s time to take…Continue
My goal was a daunting, flashing light: delivering a manuscript in six months. There’s nothing like a deadline to focus one’s attention. I was off, writing every available moment. My laptop became an extension of my body; I went to bed turning phrases over in my head, pondering transitions, and…Continue
I did not choose to be a writer; writing chose me. It took a long time to realize this. For years I believed I’d chosen this occupation. I sensed it might be hard. At times I worried I would not succeed, or that I might not be smart enough, or have anything interesting to say. I spent days, months, and years doubting…Continue
I have no idea what I am doing.
But here’s the thing: I don’t think most people know what they are doing when it comes to submitting work to literary journals.…Continue
France, 1940. Nazi forces march towards Paris. Lili Rosenswig's wealthy and eccentric family is ensconced in their country chateau with their sumptuous collection of arts and antiques. The beloved Matisse portrait of Lili's mother has been brought from their Paris salon for safety. It is the day before young…Continue
Added by Caitlyn Levin on September 2, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments
In last week's post, I discussed a grammatical error authors tend to make when writing their own bios. Another common mistake I see in author bios is the capitalization of the titles they hold/held in their current or previous day jobs.
Added by Maria Murnane on September 2, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments
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…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…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…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…Continue
Added by Lindsey Lewandowski on August 27, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments
We're going a little off schedule this week on [REALITY CHECK]. In Jim's previous post about what Amazon can (and can't) do with your ebook (see "Amazon Ate My Ebook!"), he said, "Later…Continue
On the day I was finalizing my review of Kelly Sundberg's essay, "It Will Look Like a Sunset," I searched for her on LinkedIn and Facebook, found her both places, and sent her private messages. I identified myself as a fan, told her I was reviewing her essay, and asked if she'd be willing to answer a few…Continue
Added by Melanie Bishop on August 27, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go on our websites, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and so on. I read a lot of them that begin something like this:
A week and a half ago, I was reading Twain's "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" to my boys, and came across this passage about the barbaric "order" of medieval life, which boiled down to who could kill whom with impunity.
"A master might kill his slave for nothing: for…