• November 2013
    I share your feeling that the solitude of writing can feel less lonely than "reaching out."  In spite of that, I am following you on Twitter now.  At the very least, you should tweet links to all of your blog posts.  That is a relatively easy thing...
  • October 2013
    I think what is also quite clear is that women who succeed professionally--especially in the corporate world--must be especially attentive to their appearance.  At the very least, they will be judged by that, and as many have pointed out, Hillary...
  • October 2013
    I have long wanted to tell the story of the time I spent in France (I worked for a summer on a farm in the Tarn near Gaillac and then studied at the university in Nantes while working as an au pair), but feel more comfortable writing fiction than...
  • May 2013
    Thanks, April. I agree with you about the quality control factor, and yet it feels like a huge gamble to invest money in editing, cover design, etc.  I self-published a novel that I revised based on feedback from my writing group, and then I paid...
  • May 2013
    April, Literary Change Agent and Author Advocate is a great title.  I guess my question would be what do you want to change and what do you think is best for authors?  Which approach empowers authors and brings them the readers they want?  To me,...
  • May 2013
    Last week, when the weather was nice here in Washington, DC, my favorite place to write was our small screened in porch in a comfortable, cushioned wicker chair.  The fresh air and sunlight made it such a pleasurable experience to work.  This week,...
  • February 2013
    I envy you the great writing space.  I mostly sit on my saggy old living room couch with my laptop, alternating between doing "real work" for my work-from-home administrative job and indulging in what I really love--every aspect of the book world...
  • February 2013
    I agree that books need editors, and yet I did take the cheapest way out for my novel, Au Pair Report.  My writing group served as substantive editors and I did my own copy-editing, which I have done on a freelance basis for a couple of other...
  • February 2013
    I think it's hard to write with emotional authenticity without drawing upon some our own experiences.  I am reading March by Geraldine Brooks, and it is impressive how she creates such a compelling narrative on a framework provided by another novel...

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