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asha-vose's picture
Jun.07.2012
So, at this point I've sent the query letter and agent info to several agents. Currently I have two partials and two fulls out under consideration. There is one agent I really have my heart set on, but we'll have to wait and see.  Any well wishes or patience tips are gladly accepted. Wish me...
bob-mustin's picture
Aug.07.2011
Ten Thousand Saints, by Eleanor Henderson   image via articles.nynews.com This story, about a group of doper friends (I'm forced to use the term friends loosely) who seem to be driven only by the next bag of weed, fumble through their teen years to what used to be in an earlier age, adulthood. Here...
melinda-palacio's picture
Jun.12.2011
The rebirth of the Santa Barbara Writers Conference begins next week, June 18-23, under the new ownership of Monte Schulz and Nicole Starczak. The conference has been on hold for two years. For many local Santa Barbara authors, the conference is where we got our start.             In 2001, I...
michelle-hoover's picture
Apr.08.2010
I still have that scrap of paper taped to my wall, Goethe’s line “Do not hurry, do not rest” copied out in pencil, even though I finished the final revisions on my novel, The Quickening, last October.  It’s a line that continues to make sense, in a tiring, logical kind of way.  Even now heading...
jacquelyn-mitchard's picture
Aug.31.2009
The story of Jaycee Lee Dugard – abducted at age 11 from her school bus stop and reunited with her family 18 years later – is hailed as a miracle, a reason to hope for those few but anguished families who, each year, lose children in so-called “stereotypical kidnappings.” A “stereotypical...
susan-wiggs's picture
Jul.29.2009
"What was a misstep that you (or your publisher) made with publishing your first book--and how would you do things differently if you could?" I've been asked to write a post about this. I sold my first book in 1986 while still in my 20s. Texas Wildflower was a genre historical romance...
christina-sunley's picture
Jan.29.2009
This could be a cautionary tale. Or a source of inspiration. Your choice. The long version I didn’t know what I was doing; I kept changing my mind about whether to write in the first, second or third person; I was writing about far away places and had to do a lot of research; for a long time I had...
josh-goldfaden's picture
Dec.01.2008
As I write these words — the day after Thanksgiving — my stomach won’t stop bubbling and squealing. Yet my biggest regret about this Thanksgiving isn’t the gluttony in which I engaged, but rather the fact that my wife and I were sent home without any leftovers. It’s enough to make one feel cheated...
michael-w-saunders's picture
Aug.14.2008
My web pages is up and running and already sold a book. Go to http://www.crawldog.com/michaelsaundersauthor and check it out. Let me know what you think.
vincent-louis-carrella's picture
Aug.12.2008
  “We all know we’re going to die;  what’s important is the kind of men and women we are in the face of this.” Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird The thing was, I thought I might never write again. This was a month ago. I was all but defeated and I lost my faith, not because of the writer’s block or...