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anastasia-m-ashman's picture
May.22.2013
"I was a drifting ship. I now feel like I have just hoisted my sails, and can sense wind filling them." ~ longtime foreign correspondent, novelist Jessica JJ Lutz Here's what happened when a longtime foreign correspondent quit journalism to become a novelist. She tumbled into a void. No...
nina-amir's picture
Oct.24.2012
Like a best friend or writing buddy, a blog supports aspiring and published authors’ efforts to write, publish and promote their books. Yet, many writers refuse to blog. They don’t want to learn new technology, don’t want to promote themselves, or believe blogging will take them away from daily...
bob-mustin's picture
Feb.09.2011
My writing pal Lyn Hawks and I have recently resolved to go for the literary gusto: meaning enter contests, continue querying agents and editors in the face of continuing rejection, begin more writing projects - in short everything we can to gain exposure for our writing. And, between us, we...
bob-mustin's picture
Feb.09.2011
My writing pal Lyn Hawks and I have recently resolved to go for the literary gusto: meaning enter contests, continue querying agents and editors in the face of continuing rejection, begin more writing projects - in short everything we can to gain exposure for our writing. And, between us, we...
roxanne-ravenel's picture
Jan.31.2011
There comes a point when we must go beyond thinking that we are brilliant writers because: I am a legend in my own mind. My mother says I’m a great writer. My dear friend that doesn’t want to hurt my feelings says I’m a great writer. Seriously? Have you read this? I. AM. BRILLIANT. The real test...
aline-faben's picture
Aug.26.2010
Maybe everyone feels this way about their critique group-- but I doubt it. I was in one before that I enjoyed, for a while, but after a while it didn't fit me. I needed something else. This one IS something else! I'm not sure how it started, but I think that when Cecilia was shopping in what was...
tanya-egan-gibson's picture
Aug.06.2010
My friend Amanda likes to say she's the only writer she knows whose kitchen gets a mention in a novel's acknowledgments.  Also in the acknowledgments of my novel is the cottage of our wonderful teacher, the late Stephanie Moore.  And so, of course, are the people that once populated Stephanie's...
caleb-j-ross's picture
Mar.14.2010
I've been a member of The Velvet for a few years. During that time, I've come to respect the pool of talent over there not just for their writing chops, but for their reading tastes as well. They are my taste-makers. I am glad to now be able to share that camaraderie with you. Episode #001 of...