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May 22, 2019

Tall, about 6 foot 3 inches, he towered over display tables where he flipped books over casually to check out back covers and author bios. Handsome with dark, curly hair that looped over his large ears, the young man asked, “Are you the publisher or one of the editors?...

March 4, 2019

Almost every writer starts out thinking that publishing her (his) book will define a successful career arc. Envy of published writers seems to be part of the territory of being young and in love with writing. If a writer is serendipitously fortunate, or happens to pers...

November 29, 2018

Want a living, breathing work of fiction? Writing is a recursive process. Two steps forward and one step back. Sometimes, it becomes one step forward and two steps back. When you have “finished” a chapter in a novel, it is tempting to press forward without returning to...

October 13, 2017

The act of creating a novel, short story, or play is always an impressive feat, sometimes an astonishing one. After the creative muse quiets, however, the painstaking work of editing a “finished” manuscript begins.

Editing is critically important to completing a work. A...

September 12, 2017

Although we can all name various distractions, from those that are life-altering to fairly minor ones, writers face daily hurdles in the process of writing and completing a book or work of considerable substance. Once in a while, my dog has gotten sick just as I've had...

September 12, 2017

Even when the snow is “falling faintly…faintly falling,” prospects for publishing literary work are appalling.

It’s 1:17 a.m. as the writer completes an initial draft and 1:17 again somewhere in the world in the weeks, months, or years after those words were first compo...

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