Author Archives: Barbara Rogan

About Barbara Rogan

I am the author of nine novels, including A DANGEROUS FICTION, published by Viking and Penguin. I'm also a former editor and literary agent. Currently I teach fiction writing on my online school,


Send to Kindle Lately writers have been talking about a piece by Ann Bauer in Salon. Entitled “Sponsored by My Husband,” the essay reveals that Bauer’s writing career is subsidized by her husband’s comfortable salary. “All that disclosure is crass,” … Continue reading

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The Dreaded Silence: How I Nearly Gave Up Writing

Send to KindleI’m delighted to welcome Jenny Elliott to In Cold Ink. Jenny is the author of SAVE ME, a delightful blend of paranormal and romance. She’s also a lovely person and, I’m proud to say, a former student of … Continue reading

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Send to Kindle  It’s been a cold, snowy winter in New York, good writing weather, but I’m ready for spring. Right now the view from my office window is nearly black and white: snow, bare branches against white sky, and … Continue reading

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Send to KindleThis weekend I returned to my alma mater, St. John’s College, to participate in a fundraiser for its Caritas Society, which provides St. John’s students with supplemental financial aid when needed. St. John’s College, for those not familiar … Continue reading

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We’re Having a Twitter Party!

Send to Kindle Great news! Penguin (@ReadPenguin) has chosen my latest mystery, A DANGEROUS FICTION, to be its book of the month, which entails two book chats on Twitter. It’s just come out in paperback, which also brings the ebook … Continue reading

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A Talk with J.A. Jance

Send to KindleWe met under the happiest of circumstance. The celebrated  J. A. Jance had read A DANGEROUS FICTION and enjoyed it enough to agree for the first time in many years to write a blurb. I wrote to thank … Continue reading

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Why I Signed the New York Times Letter

Send to Kindle  On Sunday, August 10, an open letter to readers signed by over 900 writers appeared as a full-page ad in the New York Times. The letter does not take sides in the merits of the business dispute … Continue reading

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A DANGEROUS FICTION is out in Penguin paperback!

Send to KindleDear Friends, As you know, this blog generally focuses on the business and craft of writing, but this time I have some important personal news to share: As of today, A DANGEROUS FICTION is out in paperback! Seeing … Continue reading

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Send to KindleGood writers never stop learning their craft, and the best teachers are other writers. My most recent lesson came from J. K. Rowling, a.k.a. Robert Galbraith. Very few books in a lifetime of reading have delighted me as … Continue reading

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New Mind-Altering Substance Identified. It’s Called Writing.

Send to Kindle  Fiction writers share several traits. Just about all of us were avid readers as children; and most are, or feel like, outsiders. We might have families and active social lives, but there is something in us that … Continue reading

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