My schedule is a bit challenging -- but it's never a bad thing as a writer to have too many deadlines. It just takes a lot of juggling, and since I'm relatively new at this, I'm still finding the right balance. So at the moment, "free time" is definitely a rare commodity. As is sleep -- especially as I get closer to my deadlines. Fortunately, I love my job, and don't mind the workload.
I self-published a small travel memoir, Away at a Camp in ...
Mitch Albom, author of six consecutive #1 New York Times bestsellers, including the highest-selling memoir of all time - Tuesdays with Morrie - is out with a poignant new novel, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,
Being the first book fair I have attended as an author, I have to admit how ill prepared I was. That being said, I was curious to learn from the experience and discover how other authors successfully market and sell their books.
I have the utmost respect for editors. It is their job to see that your book is readable and flows from start to finish. There will always be times, however, when disagreements about characters, lines, and scenes are going to happen. And those disagreements are a good thing.
Erica Jong is one of the writers who helped define a generation. Forty years ago her book, Fear of Flying, became an iconic classic that pierced the consciousness of all.
I was humbled by the great response to last week's post, "How to Steal Your Co-Workers' Ideas." Close to 10,000 readers took time to read it on LinkedIn, and nearly 60 shared their thoughts.
Cindy Crawford, the iconic name alone resonates beauty, strength, longevity, health, supermodel, businesswoman extraordinaire, work out video maven, and now adding to her boundless list of resume? Mastering the skills as an inspirational author.
Paul Beckman's stories are widely published in print and online in the following magazines amongst others: Connecticut Review, Raleigh Review, Litro, Playboy, Pank, Blue Fifth Review, Flash Frontier, Metazen, Boston Literary Magazine, and Literary Orphans. His work has been included in a number of anthologies and published in a dozen countries.
We often discuss how to be better stewards of time, money, and resources, but have you ever considered the importance of stewarding criticism?
Forget those gotta-dos, author Anne Lamott was saying. Forget about those things we should have done, and, crap, the things we never should have done in the first place.
Scott Deitche, the author best known for Cigar City Mafia and The Silent Don, has put together the definitive work on booze, bars, gangsters, and those that chronicle the exploits of the underworld; the crime writer.
The man I once viewed as "the strongest daddy in da' world" was now too weak to defend himself against the young dope boys in the community. Overnight he became less entertaining. His jokes became irritating. His singing and dancing morphed into buffoonery. He could do no right in my eyes.
When I was a child, one of my least favorite phrases was, "You should be grateful." So, I'm not telling you that. What I am suggesting here is that this month is a great time to say these five thank yous. It's a heartfelt endeavor. You'll see. It does a soul good.
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