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“Revising Fiction” Workshop Scheduled!

Send to KindleAttention fiction writers: My annual “Revising Fiction” has been scheduled to begin on March 16, 2017, and is now open for registration. For those who are not familiar with it, this intensive online workshop is for writers with … Continue reading

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Two New Courses Scheduled!

Send to KindleAttention Fiction Writers: Major announcement! I will be teaching not one but two online Next Level Workshops this fall and winter. The first will be One Good Scene, which will begin on Thursday, November 3, 2016. There’s a … Continue reading

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JUST SAY NO: A WRITERS’ MANIFESTO

Send to Kindle  Long ago in a galaxy far away, I was a literary agent. One day, a writer who was not yet a client came to me for advice. “I wrote a novel,” she said. “Mr. Blank, of Blankety … Continue reading

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BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS

Send to Kindle  There’s a scene in one of the Harry Potter books in which Ginny Weasley looks up from her seat in the Great Hall and remarks, “There’s Harry. He’s covered in blood. Why is he always covered in … 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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ONE GOOD SCENE

Send to KindleAttention Writers! I promised you a major announcement, and here it is. Before I gave it up to write, I was an editor and a literary agent for many years, and I still mentor many writers. Consequently I’ve … 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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ON WRITING AND GARDENING

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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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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Insider Tips from a Publicity Pro: Positioning Books for Success

Send to KindleI’m delighted to welcome to In Cold Ink Brian Feinblum of Media Connect, a major book publicity firm with a tent large enough to include Al Gore and Dick Cheney on its client list—so you know that’s got … Continue reading

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