I woke up (just moments ago) with the proverbial pounding three am heart. I had a nightmare about trying to convince unresponsive authorities about young girls being attacked. The specifics of my nightmare don’t matter (is there anything more boring… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on March 6, 2012 at 4:54am —
Recently, a thread in an online writer’s community popped up, beginning with someone (who hadn’t begun querying) asking why folks sent query letters to so many agents.
Did they have that many “dream… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on February 27, 2012 at 5:16am —
Beyond the Margins, the multi-write site to which I belong, has finally persuaded Ryan Gosling to take time out of his busy schedule as an Internet meme to shine a little love our way. Give it up for a very special...Literary Ryan Gosling.…
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 30, 2012 at 3:36pm —
“My definition (for myself) of a working title is: A title that doesn't work.” Robin Black
Picture having a baby. You named that baby so soon after conception. Dear little Lev. It’s the Russian version of… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 24, 2012 at 11:46am —
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.
For every moment of awe a writer has at seeing her book on a shelf, at being told by readers what comfort they found in your words, come the times when you read the word “blech” in a reader’s review. It’s part of the… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on April 22, 2011 at 5:36am —
“I am not a hero. I stand at the end of the long, long line of good Dutch people who did what I did or more—much more—during those dark and terrible times years ago, but always like yesterday in the hearts of those of us who bear witness. Never a day goes by that I do not think of what happened then. More than twenty thousand Dutch people helped to hide Jews and others in need of hiding during those years. I willingly did what I could to help. My husband did as well. It was not… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on February 23, 2011 at 9:40am —
A parent’s tragedy will always influence the life of their children—often to an overwhelming degree. Writing fiction from the emotional truth of one’s past can be liberating and also confusing. How do writers use their past without being wedded to… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on February 1, 2011 at 1:08pm —
Unmitigated panic. Unrelenting fear. Ulcer-inducing worry.
A year ago my book was launching and I should have been on cloud nine. I was realizing a life-long dream at a time when many my age popped Lipitor. I was edging close to a sedative habit.
Looking back to my novel debut last January, terror defined my anticipatory state-of-being. How would I bear bad reviews? (Weeping. Definitely weeping.) What if I got no reviews? (More weeping) What if no one came to my book… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on January 11, 2011 at 3:14pm —
I tried to write this post three or four times, but each time I sort of drifted away... online shopping, anyone?
A few months ago I had a minor bout of depression that depressed the hell out of me. Truly, I had no reason for the melancholy that… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on December 29, 2010 at 4:00pm —
Want to make a writer shudder? Ask them if they’ve queried yet. Last year I led a workshop on The Great American Query Letter and the participants shuffled in with the reluctance (not to say dread) of women about to try on bathing suits in an…
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on December 10, 2010 at 9:34am —
There are so many Jewish people who grow up warm and secure in their faith, those for whom the eight days of Hanukah don't have to compete with Christmas: Jewish nurses and firefighters who take Christmas Eve shifts to ensure that their Christian brethren are home for the holidays. These are the lucky Jews with traditions of Chinese food and a movie on Christmas.
I wasn't one of them.
I grew up with my nose pressed right up… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on December 7, 2010 at 3:52pm —
Libraries: Librarians recommend our books, buy our books, shelve our books, and provide forums for us to discuss our books. Now we can support the libraries by joining Authors for Libraries
, a program of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundation.
Social Media for Readers: The explosion of sites where readers can gather, share… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on November 24, 2010 at 11:10am —
“The day my mother killed herself, she had just finished preparing her house on Marlborough Street for the anticipated return of her children after a fierce custody battle with my father. There were six of us and much to do.”
I tend to read very fast, often too fast. While reading IN HER WAKE
I forced myself to slow way down, because I didn’t want to miss a sentence, or let a single thought go unread or undigested. Nancy… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on November 17, 2010 at 1:10pm —
The first time I looked for a job, Help Wanted was divided into three sections: Men, Women, and General. If memory serves me (I doubt it) men’s jobs were the professional ones, women’s were the handmaiden ones, and general included dishwashers and drivers.
Trust me, the career paths were separate and not equal.
I remembered those categories while writing this post (which I wish I wasn’t writing) when I came across the terms microinequity and micro-affirmation, first coined… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on November 8, 2010 at 3:27pm —
The Ambivalent Writer, The Natural, The Wicked Child, The Self Promoter, The Neurotic: which one are you? These are the first five chapter titles of Betsy Lerner's (agent, writer, editor) book, The Forest for the Trees.
It was first published in 2000, and I've probably read it yearly since buying it. (Note picture of worn book reflecting clutching, bathtub reading, and talismanic lifting to heart,… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on October 28, 2010 at 10:38am —
There something a little creepy about knowing that as my friends, family, neighbors, and mailman read the novel I wrote, that they're probably thinking: So that's what she thinks about when she has sex! Oh, that's how she really views her kids! My God, she lies to her husband?
No matter how much I insist that no, the mean cheating husband is not really a faintly disguised version of my husband (or ex-husband), I'm quite sure that their nod of agreement translates to, Sure. I… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on October 22, 2010 at 7:21pm —
When we were younger (in our twenties) my best friend and I talked about the unimaginable horror of being without each other. Now that we’re older, and the idea of folks our age dying is no longer as unthinkably shocking as it was back then, we barely talk about it—it’s too frightening, too awful, and too possible a thought.
Nevertheless, when we did talk about it, we’d wonder why there wasn’t a name for having your closest friend die. Who was the one left behind?
There is… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on October 4, 2010 at 12:02pm —
I tried to resist writing this—especially after my plea
against categorizing authors. Plus, so many of us hide our age in this world of never-get-old, unearthing this information, even in our Googlized world, was difficult.
But, recently, along with the plethora of lists of writers under 40, I was faced with the declaration that, as… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on September 28, 2010 at 3:01pm —
About when I turned ten I began crafting my library checkouts, hoping I’d look smart. I’d balance my Nancy Drew with a biography of Abraham Lincoln so the librarian thought well of me. (It seems my self-esteem problem enacted early.)
Jodi Picoult, following the NYT doubled coverage
of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, recently… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on August 30, 2010 at 12:16pm —
"At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you've left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent."
-- Golda Meir
I suspect that it’s easier to find authentic novels about the difficulty of being a daughter or son than down-and-dirty tales about being a mother. Great books about being the child of bad parents, evil parents, and crazy parents abound. Rarer are books about the authentic experience… Continue
Added by Randy Susan Meyers on August 13, 2010 at 6:07am —