WRITING

The Creativity Trinity – Truth|Empathy|Hope

The Creativity Trinity – Truth|Empathy|Hope

The most beneficial thing for me about living in an all-women’s residence hall in college was the sharing: I’ve never done that either! / Yeah, I did that too. Facepalm. / That happened to me too! I’d thought I was the only one. I’ve witnessed the same experiences at writers’ conferences and retreats and in […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
From Nurse to Novelist

From Nurse to Novelist

I wanted to be a nurse since I was a little girl. I never wavered on that. But writing…that didn’t come until much later. Now, well into my forties, my articles have been featured in many national magazines and my debut novel, Found, has taken flight. Many people ask me what or who has influenced […]

January 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
4 Truths That Will Change Your Perspective on the Writer/Editor Relationship, by Writer’s Digest Editorial Director Jessica Strawser

4 Truths That Will Change Your Perspective on the Writer/Editor Relationship, by Writer’s Digest Editorial Director Jessica Strawser

“You know how they say, ‘Those who can’t do, teach’? Is it also true, then, that ‘Those who can’t write, edit”?” A collective gasp sounded in the conference room reserved for our staff meeting. One of my editorial colleagues—a thoughtful, soft-spoken soul—was relaying the question that had all but sent her running red-faced from the […]

January 19, 2017 | By | 5 Replies More

HOW TOs and TIPS

What’s Your Story About?

What’s Your Story About?

This question used to make me sweat. I’m not talking about a bit of perspiration on my brow or trickling down my back. No. Way. The sweat I’m talking about was an Albert-Brooks-news-anchoring flood like in the movie Broadcast News. It was the kind of perspiration tsunami where a shower and a fresh change of […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Write it Forward: Five Ways to Stay Positive

Write it Forward: Five Ways to Stay Positive

“Unfortunately, your project is not quite right for us.” This was perhaps my fiftieth rejection from an agent for my first novel, which remains unpublished. I keep my favorite rejection slips in a file folder to show aspiring writers when I give a workshop. We’ve all received rejections and bad reviews. There’s no way around […]

January 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

When you’re a published author, whether self-published, with a small publisher, or with one of the big boys, you find out pretty quickly that promotion, for the most part, falls on your shoulders—and stealthily slips its sticky fingers into your wallet. Business cards, bookmarks, Facebook ads, magazine ads, Website ads, Kirkus Reviews, BookBub, any number […]

January 15, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More

AGENTS

Q&A with Literary Agent Sandra O’Donnell, Co-founder of RO Literary

Q&A with Literary Agent Sandra O’Donnell, Co-founder of RO Literary

In their own words – RO Literary is a boutique agency founded by Laura Rothschild and Sandra O’ Donnell. It specializes in adult literary and commercial fiction, and a wide range of non-fiction including memoir, biography, history and narrative. We believe that collaboration turns good books into great published work. We have a passion for […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Danielle Marshall, Editorial Director of LAKE UNION Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing

Q&A with Danielle Marshall, Editorial Director of LAKE UNION Publishing, an imprint of Amazon Publishing

  Danielle Marshall is the Editorial Director of Amazon Publishing’s Book Club Fiction imprint, Lake Union Publishing. Some of her recent acquisitions include the #1 Kindle best sellers Wreckage and When I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker, Trail Of Broken Wings by Sejal Badani, and Miramont’s Ghost by Elizabeth Hall. Danielle has also acquired the books of several WWWB […]

January 6, 2017 | By | 5 Replies More
Q And A with PFD Literary Agency Agents

Q And A with PFD Literary Agency Agents

 Peters Fraser and Dunlop is one of the longest-established literary and talent agencies in London. “We are proud to represent authors, journalists, broadcasters, speakers and estates with specialist expertise in the fields of literature, film, television and radio, live events, digital platforms and journalism. We offer our clients the best people to work with and the expertise to develop long-term value in […]

December 13, 2016 | By | Reply More

MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

When you’re a published author, whether self-published, with a small publisher, or with one of the big boys, you find out pretty quickly that promotion, for the most part, falls on your shoulders—and stealthily slips its sticky fingers into your wallet. Business cards, bookmarks, Facebook ads, magazine ads, Website ads, Kirkus Reviews, BookBub, any number […]

January 15, 2017 | By | 2 Replies More
My Eight Book Deal

My Eight Book Deal

I can honestly say that I spent the first fifteen to twenty years of my writing life constructing stories that burned inside me but using characters I thought publishers and agents would like. Over the years the majority of rejections stated ‘we liked it but we just didn’t love it’. This comment caused me to […]

November 23, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
A Day in the Life of a Publisher, with SilverWood Books

A Day in the Life of a Publisher, with SilverWood Books

SilverWood Books (silverwoodbooks.co.uk) provides self-funding authors with professional book production services, wholesale and retail book distribution, and a high level of support. Publishing Assistant Rowena Ball takes us through a typical day in the life of a dynamic publishing team… Morning Continuous communication is vital, and the day begins with running through our production schedule […]

November 10, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

SHORT STORIES

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s why. You slump, shrink, curl down in your seat, never stand up straight. As if an arrow might pick you off. Not an arrow, a bullet. Not a bullet, a blow. Not a blow, words. Not words, looks. Here’s why. You’re a freak. Four inches in one year? Your father’s colleague says he keeps […]

May 20, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

“Where are you off to? “ Sally had asked me. I felt a bit guilty I must admit. I was supposed to be home boning up for my job interview in the morning. I really wanted the job at Kelly and Hart Publishing and I don’t know where my head was when I agreed to […]

February 26, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

He wanted you to have this. It was written with exaggerated clarity on a scrap of paper, as if the author was unsure of the reader’s grasp of English. The torn paper, rather than a proper card, another signal from the sender. It was signed Elaine, with a rounded, buxom capital E. On the padded […]

January 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

INTERVIEWS

Q&A with Literary Agent Sandra O’Donnell, Co-founder of RO Literary

Q&A with Literary Agent Sandra O’Donnell, Co-founder of RO Literary

In their own words – RO Literary is a boutique agency founded by Laura Rothschild and Sandra O’ Donnell. It specializes in adult literary and commercial fiction, and a wide range of non-fiction including memoir, biography, history and narrative. We believe that collaboration turns good books into great published work. We have a passion for […]

January 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Kate Moretti

Q&A with Kate Moretti

Kate Moretti is the New York Times bestselling author of suspenseful fiction about ‘crap marriages and murder’ which she is quick is say is not autobiographical. Ha. J THE VANISHING YEAR (Atria 2016) follows THOUGHT I KNEW YOU (2012), BINDS THAT TIE (2014), and WHILE YOU WERE GONE (2016).  Upcoming in 2017 will be THE […]

January 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Q&A with Tiffany McDaniel

Q&A with Tiffany McDaniel

Tiffany McDaniel writes with a wholly original beauty that is rarely seen. Arresting. Disquieting. Luminous. This is a sample of reviews from readers. There are a thousand more like them. “I think something deep in my soul has shifted after reading this book. My gut is still churning after turning the final page 2 days […]

December 22, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More

Recent Essays

In Praise of Bookclubs

In Praise of Bookclubs

One of the many unexpected pleasures publishing a book has wrought has been the opportunity to meet book clubs who have read THE LOST GIRLS. I’ve done this both locally and long-distance (via Skype) more than two dozen times in the six months since my book came out. I’ve visited book clubs down the street and […]

January 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Crime Fiction: Why I Love The Golden Age

Crime Fiction: Why I Love The Golden Age

I have always loved crime. I love reading about it. Fiction or non-fiction. Classic Golden Age mysteries to the intricacies of cyber-crime, polite tea with the vicar to the goriest thrillers. I love a crime story. I love the puzzles. I like the characters. I’m intrigued by the unusual methods. I’m excited by the chase. […]

January 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Oh Mostly Male.. What No Wait A Minute…. The Best Is Last

Oh Mostly Male.. What No Wait A Minute…. The Best Is Last

Helen Lederer is best known for her role as dippy Catriona in Absolutely Fabulous as well as creating the ‘Girl at the Bar’ in Naked Video. Her debut comedy novel Losing It (Sunday Express best new novels for women) was shortlisted for the PG Woodhouse Comedy Literary Prize as well as The Edinburgh First Book Award 2015. ‘Desperately funny, desperately engaging, […]

January 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Music To Write By

Music To Write By

I am a toe tapper. I hum, whistle, and sing along. I have even been known to conduct the radio, although I would not recommend doing so while driving a manual transition. When I began writing Magic Flute, I wrote the last scene first (something else I would advise against). At that moment, my desire […]

January 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Writing Comedy

Writing Comedy

Humour, Comedy, Being Funny, Banter, Mirth, Being tickled Pink: as I’m writing about Comedy, it seems perhaps sensible to start this piece with some attempt to define Humour, particularly as what one person may find rib-ticklingly hilarious can leave another stone-cold dead. In the same way I am convinced one cannot possibly write a novel […]

January 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Psychotherapy and Memoir: The Talking Cure and the Writing Cure

Psychotherapy and Memoir: The Talking Cure and the Writing Cure

  Without wishing to sound freakish or weird, I liken my vocation—writer and psychotherapist—to conjoined twins. Born in my midlife, they developed from the same fertilized egg, gestated in the same amniotic fluid, were nourished by the same placenta. They share the same interests, the same reading lists, and, dare I say, the same soul. […]

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