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Jun.14.2013
  The Moment My Book Was On A TV Nightstand: A writing friend emailed to say she was watching the TV show Men in Trees when she noticed a book on the nightstand of the show’s heroine, played by Anne Heche. Squinting, she realized it was How Nancy Drew Saved My Life.  
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Jun.13.2013
The Moment I Realized I Was Going To Have Four Books Out In A Single Year: the comedic novel How Nancy Drew Saved My Life in July; the anthology This is Chick-Lit in August; the Victorian suspense novel Vertigo in September; the YA novel Angel’s Choice in December. The year was 2006. Things were...
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Jun.12.2013
  The Moment I Got Blurbed By A Cowboy: Most writers of comedic romance or romantic comedy or Chick Lit – or whatever you’d like to label my first several published books – tend to seek out writers of their own ilk to blurb their books, but I’ve always been more the counterintuitive sort. So I...
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Jun.08.2013
  The Moment I Got An Idea From Maureen Dowd: The New York Times Op-Ed columnist wrote a piece about George Bush and the memos pre-9/11 warning of a possible attack by Osama bin Laden in which she wondered: Where had all the intrepid Nancy Drews gone? I read the piece and it sparked my own...
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Jun.06.2013
A writer friend of mine is struggling. She is writing about an abusive relationship she is now out of, and is finding herself stuck. It is important for her to write her story, but sometimes she gets overwhelmed by sadness and fear as she writes. As a result, she often has trouble getting started...
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Jun.06.2013
  The Moment I Did It All Myself: Well, maybe not all of it, but certainly a lot. Having contributed to anthologies before in which I’d had zero contact with the author/editor – the publisher invited me to contribute; the in-house editor edited my piece etc – I didn’t want that to be the case...
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Jun.05.2013
When you finish a novel—or any long work—you arrive at a threshold. Who knows what lies on the other side? You’re not going to find out until you send your work out, and even then you might not know for a long time. Thresholds are called "liminal" spaces in anthropology. This means they're...
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Jun.05.2013
  The Moment I Had A Stalker: Every writer has them – the fan who pays a little too close attention to what the writer is saying or doing; the fan who makes inappropriate comments, revealing that the fan thinks there is more going on in the writer/fan relationship than any reasonable person...
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Jun.04.2013
For the last three Tuesdays, I’ve been blogging about the approaches authors take when they submit their work. I’ve written about 4 “types” of authors. The Humble Offerer: sees submission as an offering to the gods—shattered when those gods strike him down.  The Great Benefactor: sees...
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Jun.04.2013
  The Moment I Got Icked Out: Like a lot of writers, I subscribed to GoogleAlert so I could have a window into what folks on the Internet were saying about my books. One day, the alert sent me to a site that was professionally glossy. I was quite impressed with it – and myself! – until I...