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michael-seidel's picture
Oct.31.2013
It's a perfect chilly fall day here in Ashland, Oregon.  A low sun washes sunshine past a few scattered clouds, painting long shadows.  Rag rugs of fallen yellow and red leaves dominate the scene.  A few trees are already naked but more still display proud fall plumage.   I feel...
b-lynn-goodwin's picture
Oct.09.2013
Entice us. Submit the opening (up to 1500 words) of your book (any genre) to Writer Advice’s 2nd Scintillating Starts Contest. I’ll respond like an agent/editor. You get perspective. All finalists are winners & can say that to prospective publishers. The $350 prize will be divided among the...
jane-wilson's picture
Jun.20.2013
I'd intended for my June 13 entry to be my last for awhile, but in light of all the generous comments and honest feedback, after serious deliberation, I made a tough decision.  I need to edit and repost my last entry. No more cow. Truthfully, I like the cow.   I'm sure she'll land safely...
greg-dickerson's picture
Apr.07.2013
I've been working on a query letter and thought I'd post it for some feedback.  I struggle with the opening as I've read it should reference a book or an author the agent has worked with.  That's great if you can find out that info but if all you know is an agent is looking for new...
eva-lesko-natiello's picture
Feb.23.2013
Tomorrow is my one year anniversary on Red Room. Thanks to fellow Red Roomer, David Henry Sterry, who, after helping me with the pitch for my forthcoming novel, The Memory Box, urged me to start blogging on Red Room. And so I did, albeit slowly at first. It was both exhilarating and terrifying to...
tom-lucas's picture
Oct.30.2012
  It’s an incredible day indeed! Today is the day that I can present the final cover art for my novel, Leather to the Corinthians, which will be available in about 30 days. It’s taken the better part of a year to get it from draft manuscript to press, and the reward for completing – write...
farzana-versey's picture
Sep.26.2012
Are you this or are you that? This and that. These and those. Multiple personalities? No. Just a few dimensions to one. The query is often posed when I swing from one ‘mood’ to another/others. As a writer, it is important to have these mood swings. In fact, I am promiscuous with my writings. ‘...
judee-fong's picture
Aug.11.2012
I've been told my blog pieces are "frothy" whatever that means. I think my critics mean my pieces are quick to read, easily absorbed and fast to forget.  Yep, I think "seriousblogger" felt my enthusiastic read of "The Innocent" by David Baldacci was too frivolous to even be considered as a...
farzana-versey's picture
Jul.31.2012
  “Alexander Cockburn no more” would sound like a terrible headline. The reality of it is as biting as his prose. To think that I just got to know about his death early today shook me up a little more. I crumble easily and almost did. The ‘almost’ worked because every word of his obit on...
michael-seidel's picture
Mar.08.2012
It's a quiet day in the work world. I have nothing to do except busy work, analyzing things for future reference, looking for trouble, learning more. Did you know that 2.1% of our install base is comprised of appliances that are past their end of life? That encourages cogitating about what factors...