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Writing, Me, and Carli Lloyd

Sharon Van Epps | Posted 08.24.2015 | Media
Sharon Van Epps

Rejection is part of the writing game, but as every writer knows, not all rejections are equal. When an editor simply ignores your submission, that's a bottom-tier rejection. The next step up is a form letter.

On Writing: The Fascinating Letters of Charles Bukowski

Steven Petite | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

"Generally a writer of force is anywhere from 20 years to 200 years ahead of his generation," Charles Bukowski wrote in a 1970 letter to Norman Moser. Bukowski, while not obscure by any means, is arguably the most underrated fiction writer of his time.

The Admissions: An Interview With Meg Mitchell Moore

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"I think the most important part of writing compelling characters is empathizing with each one in one way or another, even if it's not the most obvious way."

Pretty Baby: An Interview With Mary Kubica

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.20.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl and the newly released Pretty Baby, takes readers through suspenseful twists and turns after a chance meeting between two women on a train platform. Fans of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl will appreciate this interesting take on the thin line that separates sanity and darker impulses

All Families Are Funny: A Conversation With Author, Molly D. Campbell

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Molly D. Campbell is the author of the debut novel, Keep the Ends Loose, about a fifteen year old's journey when a family secret threatens to destroy her family. A wry tale told from Mandy Heath's point of view, it is a coming of age novel for both teens and adults. We spoke about writing from a young adult point of view, what it means to be a family, and how to be funny with writing.

Landfall: A Conversation With Author Ellen Urbani

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Ellen Urbani is the author of the debut novel, Landfall, and a memoir, When I Was Elena. Landfall follows the journey of two women named Rose as they navigate the troubled waters of their lives in a post-Katrina South. We spoke about belonging, parallels, and Urbani's journey as a writer.

What I Learned When I Self-Published My Book

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 08.10.2015 | Books
Lisa Marie Wilson

My whole point of writing, Traveling Daisy, was to help others through cancer. I drank a glass of wine and thought of the people afflicted with cancer that I could share my tips and advice to.

Deadlines and the Future of Writing

Lisa Schwarz | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Lisa Schwarz

Writers are always prone to be overly busy with projects -- it might be the existential fear that is programmed into their minds (that is, if they are not Stephen King), as they often times do not know where the next project will come from.

Speculation & Circus: A Conversation with Erika Swyler

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Erika Swyler's debut novel, The Book of Speculation, tells the story of a family haunted by their mother's past. As Simon learns more about his mother's life both inside and outside of the circus, he comes to view his family gifted with ability to hold their breath like sea creatures and see the past and future through the tarot to be both incredibly susceptible to death in the water and lacking insight into their own conditions.

Rome in Love: A Conversation with Author Anita Hughes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Stunning location: check. Beautiful people: check. Romance: of course! Rome in Love, the latest book by Anita Hughes delivers on all three fronts as it tells the story of young actress Amelia, who learns about love, Italian food, and Audrey Hepburn while living in Rome to film a remake of Hepburn's classic film, Roman Holiday.

3 Simple Ways Writing Can Improve Your Life

Alicia T. Glenn | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Alicia T. Glenn

It is commonly known that writing is a habit of successful people. They've realized for years the benefits of jotting down their ideas and feelings, w...

For the Love of Food, Romance, and Milwaukee: A Conversation with Amy E. Reichert

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Amy E. Reichert is the author of the debut novel, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. Reichert describes herself as a wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast with a passion for her local library and its board.

Should You Publish Your Book With a Subsidy Press?

Roz Warren | Posted 07.10.2015 | Books
Roz Warren

I'm a humor writer. My work appears everywhere from The Funny Times to the New York Times. Because I work at a public library, I've published a number...

Summer Secrets: A Conversation with Author Jane Green

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

What does it mean to make amends? In Jane Green's latest novel, Summer Secrets, we follow Cat, a London journalist and recovering alcoholic on her journey through the twelve steps, which ultimately leads her to lovely beaches of Nantucket.

Write Like You Talk: 9 Quick 'n' Dirty Tips for Non-Robotic-Sounding Copy

Whitney Ryan | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Whitney Ryan

When it comes to talking, we don't have to think much. Words and phrases move effortlessly from our brains to our mouths. But when it's time to sit down and write? Total crickets.

You're an Author? So You're Really Not Working, Right?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Most authors have some sort of a home office which is good and bad. Good in the sense that you have a quiet place to weave your stories without major disturbances from co-workers.

Digital Branding for Authors: When to Start, What to Do and Why It's Important

Fauzia Burke | Posted 06.24.2015 | Books
Fauzia Burke

Authors, do you know your readers? If you know your readers well and can answer this question in detail, you could be on your way to publishing a successful book.

The Morning Routine That Enables Me to Keep Writing Novels

Warren Adler | Posted 06.18.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

What I have to offer writers here may or may not be scientifically valid for everyone, nor do I have evidence that it is the be all and end all for those who want to continue spinning their tales. But to those for whom novel writing is intellectual oxygen, here it is. Call it chicken soup for the brain.

A Neurotic, Tattooed Writer With Commitment Issues? Miles to Go Spoke to Me.

Abe Schwartz | Posted 06.16.2015 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

When I heard about Miles to Go, a coming-of-age comedy-drama about a thirtysomething, tattooed, Jewish writer in Los Angeles with commitment issues, I knew it was something I needed to see. As that more or less describes me (sigh).

The Grand Conspiracy Against Publishing Your Book

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.15.2015 | Books
Iain S. Thomas

What did it matter how well I wrote? How hard I tried? Why bother rewriting anything? Why look for the cracks in what I'd already done? There was a vast conspiracy against me and my book and so, nothing was my fault. I was already perfect.

Get Paid for What You Know: Write it Down!

Jeb Harrison | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty
Jeb Harrison

If you're a boomer or on the mature side of Gen X, chances are you have developed a deep compendium of professional knowledge in a particular field. So, how can you leverage all the knowledge you've acquired over the course of your professional career in retirement?

Must Love Words: Entanglement Author, Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is the author of the Velvet Morning Press release, Entanglement. Katie spoke to me about the many roles she assumes in her life and how they all lead back to her "love of the written word."

You Will Find Your Voice

Honey Good | Posted 06.02.2015 | Fifty
Honey Good

Sharing my life experiences as a mature woman by blogging comes naturally, because sharing is caring and I feel I have a lot to share.

Writing Contests: A Cautionary Tale

Warren Adler | Posted 06.02.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The rise of self-published fiction authors has been spectacular. Unfortunately the glut has made it difficult for them to stand out from the crowd however excellent their writing is.

The Savvy Author: Research Is Not a Dirty Word

Kristen Houghton | Posted 06.01.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

While most authors don't spend the same amount of time as Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee on today's novels there are certain things that need to be clear and true when writing a book.