• September 2015
    Another 40+ debut author here, Kamy. Mine came out when I was 48. I completely agree with your recitation of the benefits of being an older writer--namely, experience. We have lived! Heartbreak, terrible bosses, wonderful bosses, affairs (whether...
  • April 2014
    Such good advice, Jessica -- yours to us and your husband's to you. My favorite bit is "don't move the goal posts." I'm guilty of that, and it occurs to me after reading this that if I could change that one bad habit, I could likely spare myself a...
  • February 2014
    Great article, Cindy! I love your description of your "relationship" with Joan and its ups and downs. Very clever. And good luck with your book! Maybe you'll be resting on the bestseller shelves with Joan et al soon. 
  • November 2013
    Great article, Kamy. Congrats on the new novel, and best of luck! 
  • August 2013
    The first time I was advised to call an expert, I stalled and out if off over and over again. I was a nobody and she was a well known and widely published researcher and theoretician. When I finally made an email appointment and then called, I was...
  • August 2013
    Great story, Susan. Some good karma there. Julie - I agree. I'm not unforgiving by any stretch, but if facts in a novel are way off, I definitely enjoy it less.  Jeanne - I do think people with a passion are happy to talk about that passion. Until...
  • August 2013
    I was writing my Master's thesis on grief when I called on Dr. Therese Rando, a leading writer (esp in academia) in grief recovery.  In those days I wrote via US post and she answered within a week, saying my project sounded great and she would love...
  • August 2013
    Once, when I kicked around the idea of a book, I did a little digging and interviewing. Actually, that was my favorite part of writing fiction!  I loved how willing people were to talk to me and how the facts would have added authenticity to my...
  • August 2013
    Like you, I've received wonderful support from all kinds of people. Most people are happy to talk about their subject of expertise. And even though I always warn them that I'm unpublished, they're usually impressed that I'm even trying to write a...
  • August 2013
    I particularly like "Research first, ask questions later." I have done extensive research on diseases, crimes, or scenarios, after suddenly deciding to switch directions. It helps to do basic internet research for the outline, write at least part...

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