Category Archives: the writing life

The Orneriness of the Long-Distance Writer

Send to Kindle  Writers with children often complain about the difficulty of combining these two particular endeavors. It’s not easy, but I am here to tell you, my fellow writers, that it can be done. I raised two sons while … Continue reading

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An Overnight Success In Four Years

Send to Kindle   It’s been a while since my last post, due to a combination of issues. I had a “quick, easy” medical procedure that turned out to be quick and easy for the doctor, while carving a month out … Continue reading

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New Author Study Shows Preference for Traditional Publishing

Send to KindleAn interesting study about publishing and writers recently came out, and one thing is clear: writers are not a happy lot. The study, called the 2014 Digital Book World and Writer’s Digest Author Study, is based on responses … Continue reading

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Rejection: Good for the Writer’s Soul?

Send to Kindle  There’s a schism in the writing world. Messianic advocates of self-publishing tout its benefits; skeptical opponents counter with the lack of all the services provided by publishers. As a novelist, blogger, and former literary agent, I’ve read … Continue reading

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An Unorthodox Path to Publication

Send to KindleI love it when my students go forth and publish. They do all the work, and I claim all the credit. Well, almost all. All except part where they work their butts off and never give up and … Continue reading

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Looking For Friends In All the Wrong Places

Send to Kindle  In a recent interview with Publishers Weekly, Claire Messud was asked a question about her novel, THE WOMAN UPSTAIRS, that she didn’t like. Would you, the interviewer asked, want to be friends with your protagonist, Nora? Messud … Continue reading

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Cementing the Goal Posts

Send to Kindle  Writing is a rigged game in which the goal posts recede as you approach them. At first, the deepest desire of the writer’s heart is to find an agent, the necessary first step toward finding a publisher. … Continue reading

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Diana Gabaldon Interview Part 2

Send to KindleI promised you the second half of my interview with Diana Gabaldon, the internationally bestselling author of the Outlander series, and you shall have it in just a moment. First, though, I have some exciting news of my … Continue reading

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Are Writers Too Accessible?

Send to KindleLike most writers, I was a voracious reader as a kid. Naturally I had favorite authors, though they never heard it from me. In those days, before PCs and the Internet, the only way to contact an author … Continue reading

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