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August 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

For Writers, No Doesn’t Always Mean No: Drown Your Rejection Sorrows in These Rejections by Famous Writers

1. George Orwell It seems Alfred Knopf didn’t always understand satire. Animal Farm, the famed dystopian allegory that later became an AP Reader standard and Retrospective Hugo Award winner, was … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Smaller Piece of the Pie: Gender Imbalance in Magazine Publishing and Book Reviews (via VIDA)

It’s not just your imagination, there’s still a major gender imbalance in magazines, especially book reviews and coverage of books. Keep your fingers crossed that things might have gotten a … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Do you really want to call it “DEATH of a Salesman”? (Even Arthur Miller Got Notes)

Screenwriter Nicholas Kazan wrote a memorable article for the Writer’s Guild Magazine about receiving notes. His father features in the story, which revolves around the first draft of Arthur Miller’s … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to Write a (Non-Fiction) Book Proposal from Jane Friedman, ex-Publisher of Writer’s Digest

A great article about the what, why, how and when of writing a book proposal from the ex-Publisher of Writer’s Digest and current editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review. She … Continue reading

February 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Found in Translation by Michael Cunningham (author of “The Hours”)

It’s all so perfect in your mind but so hard to translate it from the abstract, timeless concept onto hard, cold paper. Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Hours” … Continue reading

February 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Book Editors (Tell Literary Agents They) Want

Find out what major publishers like Da Capo, Pargrave Macmillian, Basic Books, Times Books, New American Library and others say they’re looking for in this article by literary agents Andrew … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Writing is hard – but you don’t have to do it alone!

I can make it easier, faster and more fun! I can help you… – Choose which project to write next – Outline and plan your book or script – Get … Continue reading

January 12, 2013 · Leave a comment