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sarah-cotchaleovitch's picture
Dec.28.2013
All day long, I've done what I could only dream about doing this time last year: I've sat on the couch reading a good book. Last December, I yearned for some good fiction after a few months of reading a bunch of how-to and reference materials. So at the close of the year, I looked over the books...
sarah-cotchaleovitch's picture
Oct.12.2013
Working mom (Photo credit: rankun76) I've been working on an article about the balance between being home with kids and trying to work at the same time. I think this is something that needs to be addressed for frustrated moms out there (like yours truly) who sometimes feel helplessly at sea. But it...
earl-merkel's picture
Jul.22.2013
From our "Two people can keep a secret, if one of them is dead" -files, a bit o' background on the J.K. Rowling/AKA 'Robert Galbraith' disclosures (from Publishers Weekly): HEADLINE: Gailbraithgate: Rowling's Attorney's Wife's Best Friend Did It It was a rare defeat for the cynics, as JK...
earl-merkel's picture
Jul.14.2013
Uh... yes, it's true: J.K. Rowling wrote "my" FIRE OF THE PROPHET.   In fact, she wrote ALL of mine, too. (sigh) I'm just the "by-line beard" for J.K. Rowling. So each of you should rush out and buy a boatload of "my" books --right now!!-- before the publisher changes the by-line. If...
earl-merkel's picture
Jun.18.2013
NOTE TO NEIL GAIMAN: No, no, no, Neil-- we never (seriously) considered bumping YOUR interview for one with Ken Burns on this Sunday's "The Book, With Earl Merkel." Despite the "Facebook comments" that somehow sprang, like Hera from the forehead of a somewhat zany Zeus, from my cautionary...
sarah-cotchaleovitch's picture
Mar.15.2013
Mail (Photo credit: Bogdan Suditu) There's no way to stop them from happening. Rejections. I'm talking about in the publishing industry. I have yet to hear about a published author who sent out queries and never received a rejection. The only way to achieve such a feat is to never send a query....
nancybrady's picture
Mar.05.2013
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I always read the Author's Enabler column (written by Red Room's own green-eyed Sam Barry) in Book Page.  Last month's column included a reader's observation about the prevalence of characters with green eyes.  The reader remarked that she thought it was...
sarah-cotchaleovitch's picture
Dec.22.2012
  The stork, right? Oh, wait, I'm getting confused--the stork is for babies. With stories, it's a muse, or some other mysterious Something Out There. And while I joke about my muse or a great cosmic ocean of stories that trickle or flood into the minds and out of the pens of the writers they...
sherry-parnell's picture
Nov.08.2012
“Being challenged in life is inevitable, being defeated is optional.” –Roger Crawford It is easy to assume that great writers of the past such as Jane Austen and Charles Dickens as well as famous writers of today such as Stephen King and J.K. Rowling never had to face any obstacle in regards to...
joshua-r-wagner's picture
Mar.06.2012
    Stephen King, you may have heard that name, received dozens of rejections for his first novel, Carrie; he kept them tidily nailed to a spike under a timber in his bedroom.       One of the publishers sent Mr. King's rejection with these words:    We are not...