WRITING

Writers Who Inspire

Writers Who Inspire

Lately I have been reading Roald Dahl to my six-year-old son. Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Twits, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory—they are all as good as I remember. And every time we finish another Roald Dahl classic, I find myself wondering … is it too early for The Witches? I was in Grade 3 when […]

April 27, 2016 | By | Reply More
Finding the Courage to Write About My Abusive Marriages

Finding the Courage to Write About My Abusive Marriages

When people think of courage, mountain peaks and raging rivers usually come to mind. But memoir writing can be one of the most courageous acts anyone ever does. I began to write my memoir after years of keeping silent about the abuse in my two marriages – except for writing in my journals. Compulsive journal […]

April 24, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Using A Real Life Legal Case As Inspiration For A Novel

Using A Real Life Legal Case As Inspiration For A Novel

As an attorney, I encountered many real life events that were both dramatic and suspenseful. Writing legal thrillers was a good fit for me because of those experiences, but let’s face it, most days practicing law is pretty dull. Contracts, client meetings, and talking on the phone is not something that readers want to find […]

April 22, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

HOW TOs and TIPS

Talking Yourself Down and Talking Yourself Up  (aka: Fighting the Two-Headed Dragon of Insecurity)

Talking Yourself Down and Talking Yourself Up (aka: Fighting the Two-Headed Dragon of Insecurity)

Insecurity, covered with writhing, glinting scales, is a dragon – a truly frightening creature. But here’s the worst part: the dragon has two heads. The battle against the beast begins the moment you put your fingers to the keyboard with serious intent. Your intent is to be a writer. A writer in the wool-stocking, coffee-gesturing, […]

April 26, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Choosing Your Words Carefully

Choosing Your Words Carefully

Have you ever thought of words which excite a ready response in readers? Choice is important, and in cases of dramatic suspense, vital. Perfumes can awaken some nostalgic sense in the mind of the person who is reading the book. It may be the scent of honeysuckle, or the warm sweetish perfume of a byre, […]

April 17, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
A Writer’s Work Is Never Done

A Writer’s Work Is Never Done

The other day my daughter walked into our family room and asked me for a ride somewhere. I didn’t turn my head; instead I waved her away, “Shh—I’m working!”“Umm, you’re watching TV,” she said. “Yes, I’m watching TV. It’s the last episode of Downton Abbey and yes, I’ve seen it three times. It’s called feeding […]

April 14, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More

AGENTS

Q&A with Literary Agent  Leigh Eisenman  of Hannigan Salky Getzler “HSG” Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Leigh Eisenman of Hannigan Salky Getzler “HSG” Agency

Leigh is a junior agent with Hannigan Salky Getzler (“HSG”) Agency. After ten years of practicing law, she decided to follow her dream of becoming part of the New York City literary landscape. She worked for a year at Folio Literary Management prior to moving to HSG in the fall of 2015. Leigh is also […]

April 30, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Literary Agent  Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media

Q&A with Literary Agent Jaida Temperly of New Leaf Literary & Media

From the agency website – At New Leaf Literary & Media we believe in total client representation, before and beyond the sale. By providing editorial direction and working together to develop promotional plans that enhance and support the publisher’s outreach, we ensure that our clients have the tools they need to excel in the market. With […]

April 21, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Q&A with Literary Agent Carly Watters of the P.S. Literary Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Carly Watters of the P.S. Literary Agency

Carly Watters began her publishing career in London at the Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency. She has a BA in English Literature from Queen’s University and a MA in Publishing Studies from City University London. Since joining PSLA in 2010, Carly has had great success launching new authors domestically and abroad. Never without […]

April 8, 2016 | By | Reply More

MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

The PHD I Didn’t Do and the Digital Apprenticeship I Did

‘Are you going to enrol for a Phd?’ As a longterm author with a varied back list, learning digital skills was a higher priority. ‘No. I’m going to do an e-apprenticeship instead.’ I opted for a digital apprenticeship to revitalize my literary output. Mistake or a significant learning experience? I needed to re-organise my literary […]

April 16, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Publishing has always been my main career but I have written several children’s books over the years. Having, however, always wanted to write for adults, in 2012 I completed my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. It was then that I was inspired to create Patrician Press. I starting publishing my own […]

January 27, 2016 | By | 4 Replies More
The Dos and Don’ts of Promotional Blog Tours

The Dos and Don’ts of Promotional Blog Tours

When I invited my blog followers to host a guest post to publicise my forthcoming novel, I never imagined I’d be embarking on a marathon tour of twenty-five posts over five weeks. I’m not sure if that makes me someone to emulate or a narcissistic masochist but, for what it’s worth, here are some suggestions […]

November 13, 2015 | By | 13 Replies More

SHORT STORIES

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

“Where are you off to? “ Sally had asked me. I felt a bit guilty I must admit. I was supposed to be home boning up for my job interview in the morning. I really wanted the job at Kelly and Hart Publishing and I don’t know where my head was when I agreed to […]

February 26, 2016 | By | Reply More
Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

He wanted you to have this. It was written with exaggerated clarity on a scrap of paper, as if the author was unsure of the reader’s grasp of English. The torn paper, rather than a proper card, another signal from the sender. It was signed Elaine, with a rounded, buxom capital E. On the padded […]

January 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Short Fiction: A New Year’s Friendship

Short Fiction: A New Year’s Friendship

Elaine Walsh Barrington revs up her white BMW and reverses the car out of the double garage behind the house. “I really don’t mind getting a taxi to the station again,” Lorna, her younger sister, says from the passenger seat. “You didn’t have to leave your New Years Day open house like this.” The clenched […]

January 6, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

INTERVIEWS

Q&A with Stacy Hawkins Adams

Q&A with Stacy Hawkins Adams

Stacy Hawkins Adams is the author of the Christian inspirational novel LEAD ME HOME (Zondervan) (recipient of a starred review by Publisher’s Weekly), the second installment of her Winds of Change series. The first novel in the series, COMING HOME, was a 2012 Target Recommended Read. Her latest novel, FINDING HOME, was independently released in […]

April 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Dinner Party: An Interview with Brenda Janowitz

The Dinner Party: An Interview with Brenda Janowitz

Holidays give families a chance to gather, reflect on the last year, and create new memories. At least that is the ideal version of the concept. Brenda Janowitz’s lovely and fast-paced novel, The Dinner Party, captures a much more realistic view of the intricacies of a family gathering. I love how you used the four […]

April 12, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
Lies and Other Acts of Love: An Interview with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Lies and Other Acts of Love: An Interview with Kristy Woodson Harvey

Kristy Woodson Harvey’s, Lies and Other Acts of Love , calls on one of the oldest questions: what would you do for love? What would you do to find love? Or keep love? Or to protect those you love? The three generations of White family women each find their own answers while testing the bonds […]

April 5, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More

Recent Essays

The Chameleon: How Writing Changed Me

The Chameleon: How Writing Changed Me

I was forty-three years old when I wrote my first novel. It was a game-changer, no question. Not for monetary reasons. Not for “fame.” But for allowing me an outlet where I could finally be me. I’ve led a chameleon’s life, an expert at blending in as circumstances dictate. I graduated from the United States […]

April 20, 2016 | By | 6 Replies More
Shakespeare’s Sisters—The Bard’s most accomplished female literary contemporaries

Shakespeare’s Sisters—The Bard’s most accomplished female literary contemporaries

April 23, 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with worldwide celebrations to mark his legacy. But what about the women? In her iconic essay A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf imagines the life of Shakespeare’s brilliant sister Judith, barred from the grammar school because of her sex and forced to hide her […]

April 19, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Writing It Forward

Writing It Forward

I remember standing on the corner of a dirt road as a child of eight or nine. I was shielding my eyes from the blistering sun of a South Carolina summer and bouncing on my toes as I strained to hear the engine of the approaching book mobile.  Likely I would have been clutching a […]

April 15, 2016 | By | 5 Replies More
How I Came To Write The Bones Of You

How I Came To Write The Bones Of You

During the summer of 2013, as far as writing was concerned, I reached a crossroads.  I’d written and submitted to agents three commercial women’s fiction titles, the last of which was Wildflowers.  I’d had enough positive feedback from some of the agents to keep me writing and Wildflowers had caught the attention of six, all […]

April 13, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Is There Any Hope For Qualifiers?

Is There Any Hope For Qualifiers?

Very, quite, really, pretty, a bit, just, fairly, rather, amazingly, almost, nearly, obviously, clearly… such naughty words! Or are they? Placed directly in front of adjectives or adverbs they are a shorthand method of qualifying the meaning of that adverb or adjective. Sometimes they flounce around by themselves only accompanied now and again by a […]

April 12, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Writing for a Cause

Writing for a Cause

I write because I love to create stories; to formulate something from nothing that hopes to engage and inspire readers from all over the world.  There is something magical in our imagination that allows us to send our audiences on a journey whether it is a true story or fantasy.  That is what inspires me […]

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