Writer Dinty Moore recently posted a pithy Jack London quote on his Facebook page: "You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club."
I got fan mail and queries from agents -- but for five years after that, not one editor anywhere accepted another story of mine. Rejection is a part of every writer's life. How do you deal with it and keep going?
Last night I had a nightmare that I was at the Cornelia Street Café to do a reading from my novel. In the nightmare, I stood at the microphone on the small stage in front of a packed house.
Why would anyone with half a brain or any ear for the English language think this could be by Mark Twain -- or even any other American novelist?
During a brisk October evening this past fall in downtown Newark, NJ, guests came out to attend a fundraising benefit for The Newark Public Library entitled "Booked For The Evening" and to celebrate The Library's 125th Anniversary as one of the city's premiere educational and cultural public institutions.
We should all write a book, one that reflects our individuality and gives substance to our ideas, a book to be shared with the world. Here are my five reasons for doing it:
Finding a great book for someone else can be quite the challenge during the holidays. Here are some suggestions to help you on your merry way!
Sometimes authors receive bad reviews and become upset. It's a natural human reaction. Instead of crying to their dog, or eating chocolate ice cream with their vodka, they embark on an anti-hero's journey:
I'm getting a ton of email and messages through the social media channels asking me to pre-order or buy their book. Many times I don't know who these people are and I'm often annoyed by these pesky messages.
People who own indie bookstores and the people who work there are your neighbors trying their best to make a small business succeed. By spending your money there, you're keeping it in the community, and vibrant small businesses make vibrant towns.
There's nothing wrong with having a daily goal if that works for you as a writer, but why should you be ashamed or crazed because you don't reach that daily goal -- what's the sense in that? Why have we let the word count become our master?
"If you are feeling stuck in any way, whether it's financially, emotionally or intellectually, and you need to move forward -- that's actually a call for you to be innovative, be entrepreneurial or 'intrapreneurial.'"
Here's what he divulged on the art of noveling, his trademark complex heroines, the circumstances that keep up tethered to our own unhappiness, and his latest book, Five Days.
It is a truth widely known fact that if you're fortunate enough to have written and published a book and lucky enough to have people talk about it, comments will run the gamut from good to bad, with many shades of mediocre in between.
A lot of people swear by Goodreads. I swear at it. Often. It's a font of unsourced quotations, some of them fake, just like Wikiquotes. Take the line that tops the list of George Eliot quotes: "It is never too late to be what you might have been."
Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia Universit...