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Top Ten Ways to Increase Your Chances of Getting Published
by Erin Brown

    Whatever It Takes
by Bill Kenower
 
 

1.     Be a Good Writer and a Good Storyteller

“Well, duh, stupid,” you might be thinking. Everyone has to be a good writer! (And don’t call me stupid.) But many people forget that an author has to be both a good storyteller and a good writer. What’s the difference? Well, I’ve edited many novels that had great plots and characters, but the author couldn’t write their way out of a paper bag (sure, that metaphor doesn’t make much sense, but I like the sound of it). There are also many brilliant writers who can’t create or move along a plotline to save their lives. The key is to learn how to do both seamlessly—the result is pure gold.   more...

    Until recently, I had never liked the idea that you’ve got to do “whatever it takes” to get where you want to go.  I was profoundly suspicious of the “whatever” part of this maxim, especially as it applied to those in the arts. It suggested that life was too short and too lean for anyone to hang onto anything as encumbering as ideals. Reality, this notion seemed to say, required steep compromise, constant sacrifice, and an overall willingness to go where you would have otherwise thought undesirable. Once you’re rich you can revisit your ideals; until then, the cupboard is bare.  more...  
               
               
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  My Eleventh Novel
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I Wish You Like This
Hippo-mo-potomuses and other right mistakes


by Jennifer Paros

 
             
 

My eleventh novel, Heart of the Assassin, is being published on August 11, and I'm more worried about it than I am about my retirement (ha-ha) account. I should be happy. My editor is happy. My agent is happy. Heart is the third book in a trilogy of political thrillers set forty years in the future. Sales of the first two books of have been good. Publishers Weekly gave this third book a starred review. Happy. Happy. Me, I'm nervous.  more...

 

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Around many of the holidays, historically, my sons have come home bearing gifts made in school and overseen by their teachers.  These are often craft projects (some of which I haven’t completely understood) with pre-formulated pieces, which the child constructs and writes on or decorates to personalize.  I enjoy receiving these, regardless of what they may be, and due to my sentimental nature, find even the most standard re-cycled phrases pleasing. more...

 
               

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