Category Archives: Writers

Publishing as a Career for Writers

Send to KindleIn a recent blog post, Donna Shear, director of University of Nebraska Press, advised aspiring writers not to work in publishing, but rather to seek their day jobs in other fields. She offered a list of reasons to … Continue reading

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MANNERS!

Send to KindleHuddle up, writers. This post’s for you. As social media has eroded the once formidable barrier between writers and readers, it is now commonplace, even expected, for readers to contact writers directly via the writer’s website, Facebook, Twitter … Continue reading

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WRITERS, LIES, AND FILTHY LUCRE

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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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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WHAT I LEARNED FROM J. K. ROWLING

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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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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An Experiment in Genre

Send to KindleWhen I was 22 and fresh out of college, I got a job as a copywriter with Fawcett Books, one of the top three paperback houses of the time. They published several lines of romances that sold very … Continue reading

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