According to this article in Bomb, the publishing world has known for a long time that the CIA was involved in the founding of the Paris Review. I only found out two months ago. but then I’m not in the … Continue reading
I received a professional critique of the first five pages of my historical novel in progress, American Gold, from Jodi Henley. Your first five pages are the most critical when submitting to an agent or publisher, or grabbing a reader … Continue reading
I didn’t want this book to end. I wanted to keep on reading more about Ove and the situations he gets into. The book is both humorous and sad. It’s written in present tense in conversational tone. Ove is a … Continue reading
It is so frustrating when I learn about what sounds like the perfect writers conference or retreat only to find that it’s already happened or registration is closed. Instead of waiting for your favorite writers magazine or author group to … Continue reading
Do all writers need a platform, and just what is platform anyway?
What if you’re an unpublished fiction writer?
Happy New Year everyone! Are your rocks in order for 2017? Successful author Joanna Penn uses the analogy of rocks in a jar for determining major, medium, and minor goals in her podcast. Maybe it will keep you from getting … Continue reading
The e-cards I sent this year included an audio file of a child singing “Silent Night.” That has always been my favorite Christmas carol. I love the simple melody and lyrics, and it reminds me of my own childhood when … Continue reading
The prediction that online booksellers would hurt bookstores seemed to be coming true. But lately, instead of killing bookstores, the Internet appears to be helping them.Continue reading
I’m busy with the holidays and fighting a cold, so I’ll make this short and sweet. Here’s some good info from Jane Friedman on how to choose a small publisher. It can be tough to sell any of the Big … Continue reading
Beryl Markham was a fascinating and controversial person – horsewoman, author, and aviatrix involved in more than one scandal. After reading her adventurous memoir, West with the Night, Ernest Hemingway wrote, “I was completely ashamed of myself as a writer.” … Continue reading