Category Archives: Writers

Editing: Brain Surgery for Writers

Send to Kindle  If you needed brain surgery, how much time would you invest in searching for the right brain surgeon? Knowing that outcomes vary, experience and dexterity matter, competence is paramount, and an incompetent practitioner can leave the patient … 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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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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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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Diana Gabaldon Interview, Part I

Send to KindleDiana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 NYT-bestselling OUTLANDER novels, described by Salon magazine as “the smartest historical sci-fi adventure-romance story ever written by a science Ph.D. with a background in scripting “Scrooge McDuck” comics.” The … Continue reading

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