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Tales of A Writer: My Conversation With Richard L. Kramer

Elan Barnehama | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Sixty-something Kramer is not your typical first time novelist. During his senior year in college he sent a story to The New Yorker, using it as a resume to land a job writing for their Talk of the Town column.

The 10 Biggest Mistakes New Authors Make

Brooke Warner | Posted 07.24.2014 | Books
Brooke Warner

These top 10 mistakes are among the most common I see in my work with authors. Some are about mindset and others are more technical oversights. If you've made any of these mistakes, you're in good company. The best we can do is learn, and spread the word so others take heed.

33 Things I've Learned About Writing at 33

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Not everyone has to like your work. The arts are full of pretentious cliques, bad art, good art, wonderfully supportive people, people that can't stand you, people that love you, but the key is to embrace it all. Enjoy the contrasts.

Book Review: Losing Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life's Detours

Dorit Sasson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Uma Girish's transformational memoir, Leaving Amma Finding Home: A Memoir about Love, Loss and Life is that kind of book that spoke to every single one of my "hats."

Books That Benefit From Amazon's Latest Disruptive Innovation

Andrew Guthrie Ferguson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Books
Andrew Guthrie Ferguson

As a published author and book lover, I am decidedly ambivalent about Amazon's new Kindle Unlimited project. Advertised as the Netflix of books, it ...

My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer

Mary Novaria | Posted 07.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

No, I don't punch a time clock, work on the assembly line or have a corner office. I may have the flexibility to run you to the airport, take my mother to the doctor, or babysit my sister's kid, but it's not because I don't work.

On Amazon's 'Offer' to Hachette Authors

Emma Walton Hamilton | Posted 07.11.2014 | Books
Emma Walton Hamilton

In the end, what continues to rise up in the debate -- and what Amazon seemingly continues to ignore -- is the fact that books are different from the myriad other products that Amazon sells.

Actually Useful Tips for Becoming a Writer

Ashley Hardaway | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Ashley Hardaway

"How did you become a writer?" The first time I was asked this, I felt like a fraud. I too, have asked this question.

Wrestling With the Wrath of Writer's Block

Heather Hummel | Posted 07.08.2014 | Arts
Heather Hummel

Staring at a blank page and not having the words flow the way they did last week, or even yesterday, is every writer's nightmare. To help out, I tracked down willing writers of various genres who have faced the plague of writer's block, and who were willing to share their cures or tips for preventative maintenance.

The Long Road to a Published Novel

Adam Pelzman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Books
Adam Pelzman

For most of my adult life, writing was my private passion. It was one that I pursued in solitude and shared with only a small group of "gentle readers." So when news of Troika's publication came out, many people in my life were stunned to learn that I'd written a novel.

Conversations on Writing: Interview with Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon, Part 2

Write for the Future | Posted 07.02.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels "Do not be afraid to write. Do not be afraid to explore. Do not be afraid to make mistakes." In Part 2 of our interview with YA f...

F. Scott Fitzgerald's Last Will and Testament

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 07.01.2014 | Books
Anne Margaret Daniel

He died in Hollywood on December 21, 1940, eating a chocolate bar and making notes in pencil on a football story in the Princeton Alumni Weekly. The last words F. Scott Fitzgerald ever wrote complimented the author of the story: "Good prose."

Everyone's Right. Everyone's Wrong. What Do We Do Now?

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

Blake "Save the Cat" Snyder Every day, before I do almost anything else, I send out a barrage of tweets and Facebook posts. First, I schedule t...

Remember the Future: Hachette and Amazon

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.25.2014 | Books
Michele Somerville

Many fine poets never get paid, but I am a poet who occasionally does get paid, thanks to Amazon. That alone is not a good reason to take the side of Amazon in the current publishing conflict.

Peter Reynolds, Picture Book Master, Talks to The Book Doctors about Books, Kids, Writing, Twins and How to Get Published Successfully

David Henry Sterry | Posted 06.24.2014 | Books
David Henry Sterry

We met Peter Reynolds at the New England Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators Conference, when he gave one of the best talks we ever heard.

What Writers Can Learn from Successful Business Leaders About Marketing Their Story

Dorit Sasson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Books
Dorit Sasson

Truthfully, us hard-working writers can learn a thing or two from business owners who use storytelling successfully if we want to build a name or brand for ourselves as well as a following.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Stalking the Workshop Egotist

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 06.20.2014 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

Honestly, I don't know what it is about writing groups or workshops that brings out the egotism in some people, but after participating in and teachin...

Hell Yeah! to Produced By Conference

Abe Schwartz | Posted 06.17.2014 | Entertainment
Abe Schwartz

If you're an emerging producer (who perhaps also writes, directs, acts, etc.) who lacks not in passion but sometimes in direction and focus, Produced By Conference should be a "Hell Yeah!" for you each June.

Lessons I Learne as a Writer, Part Three

Sheldon D. Newton | Posted 06.17.2014 | Good News
Sheldon D. Newton

Are you procrastinating in your writing because you fear that people may not want to read what you have to say? Are you afraid of failure so you make every excuse as to why you cannot finish what you have started?

Director Joel Hopkins Breaks Down What It's Like to Both Write and Direct a Film

Quora | Posted 06.11.2014 | Entertainment
Quora

"The challenges of both writing and directing a script are that sometimes I might underwrite things a little bit."

A Writer's Defense of Amazon

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 06.10.2014 | Books
Frank Schaeffer

As a mid-level author of more than a dozen books and several best-sellers -- would like to offer. I love Amazon and here's why.

The Best Way to Honor Maya Angelou

Lauren Marie Fleming | Posted 07.29.2014 | Women
Lauren Marie Fleming

Maya Angelou's life was the story of an injured girl who grew up to be a strong woman. Through her words, I found strength to do the same.

To Maya: A Phenomenal Woman

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

They were beacons of light in our darkness, those teachers. And they offered us the words of Black authors to take with us on our journeys.

Before Their Books Were Famous, These Authors Worked the Following Odd Jobs

Meira Bienstock | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

It may seem as though all the famous writers have full-time writing jobs to which boost their chances of their novels selling and hitting the bookshelves. However, by looking through the authors etched in literary history, this is far from the case.

Literary Relatives

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 07.28.2014 | Books
Claudia Zelevansky

Unlike Nora Ephron, Maya Angelou and I have nothing in common. When I read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, it did not offer me identification as Heartburn had, it offered me access -- vivid, scary, and profound access -- to a place I had never been before.