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lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Mar.26.2014
I have been what’s lovingly referred to as a vidiot since I was six-years-old. I've always had favorite shows and found value in whatever I watched. As an only child I got big sister advice on how to dress from “Marcia Brady,” handle smart aleck boys from “Laurie Partridge;” and a bit about poise...
michael-seidel's picture
Feb.17.2014
After much reading, drinking, meditating, thinking, perusing websites and studying advice and suggestions about acquiring a literary agent, I arrived at a set of strict criteria. 1.  They must be human.  I won't accept any animals, including cuddly cats, sweet dogs, or intelligent...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Oct.29.2013
The "free" in freelance has been an issue for writers for a long time. This is a good article, and although I would love to put it into practice, sometimes "exposure" is better than nothing. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/opinion/sunday/slaves-of-the-internet-unite.html?pagewanted=2&_r=0...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Oct.17.2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/opinion/op-ed-and-you.html?_r=0 Basically I think the take away is just keep writing and submitting. There are a few helpful hints. Rather than just sending it to opinions@nytimes.com, I am always more confortable with submitting to a person. FYI: Honor Jones edits...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Sep.29.2013
The Submission Tip below was written by Daniel Jones, who edits the NYT Modern Love column. It appears on the Modern Love Facebook page. I wonder how many "unenlightened" editors, who didn't realize an editor's job is to read, have sent many a quality piece of writing to the "pass" pile because it...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Sep.29.2013
I’ve had this conversation more times than I can stomach and it always begins like this:  Them: “So, I hear you’re a writer. Me, too.”  I am a college-educated person who also happens to have been brought up in the Bronx. I like to believe I am the perfect combination of book and...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Sep.10.2013
Ok, perhaps the B-word is a bit harsh, as is the verb "stole." I guess the real problem is that I feel stupid. I keep reading essays, shaking my head, and thinking, "I could have written that." The topics are more than up my alley -- they are straight from my life, but it would not occur to me to...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Aug.31.2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/31/business/cuckoos-calling-reveals-long-... This piece entitled "Long odds for authors newly published" is both depressing and uplifting. The former because it illuminates the BS of the publishing business; the latter because it shows us all that even authors with...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Aug.26.2013
The only time I think of myself as small time is when I’m thinking about my writing. I’ve had two novels published by a small house, had a column for six years that appeared in a small newspaper, had another for four years on a small website, and most the time when I get published it's in small...
lorraine-duffy-merkl's picture
Aug.10.2013
I just got a new book published: Back To Work She Goes. Same small press as last book. Yes, I'm grateful. I'm also very busy now because there is no PR department to send out press releases, no book tour (unless I pay for it myself) and ...you get the idea. There is just me.  When promoting a...