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Finding the markets without losing your mind

My first-year university roommate had worked at Trenton Air Force Base as a file clerk for the summer. Military regulations required that hair be worn above the collar, so Lynn had to learn to put her hair up. “They told … Continue reading

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Plugging along

That’s a pun. I’m plodding along with the writing, and also “enjoying” a sinus infection. I’ll spare you the grisly details, but I should have shares in some tissue company or other, or maybe Bushmills. The hot whiskey toddy is … Continue reading

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Another look at fairy tales

I love messing about with fairy tales. I like to read them, and to read different versions of the same story. I like to think about why a story takes a certain path, and how that story arc was influenced … Continue reading

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If you can’t be a good example…

…at least be a horrible warning. To my surprise,I hear from various people that they look to me as a role model for how to be a fiction writer. As far as I’m concerned I’m not doing anything extraordinary. I’ve … Continue reading

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And now I wait

A few minutes ago I gave my synopsis and pitch letter another going-over. I don’t know if it’s perfect, but I believe it’s as perfect as I can make it. I sent it in. So now I wait. While I … Continue reading

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The pressure’s on – and off

This month is dedicated to getting the second draft of the young adult novel done and in to Penguin Books. Well, it was. I mean, it still is, but the pressure is off a bit. I don’t have to submit … Continue reading

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Time to celebrate!

At the beginning of 2010 I set myself a goal – fifty submissions to paying venues or contests with cash prizes. I exceeded that goal in March and upped it to 200, and added another goal: twenty sales or wins. … Continue reading

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Discipline, discipline

I’m easily distracted; oh, yes, I am. Part of the problem is that I’m an artist who is not wedded to any particular medium. I’ve worked in paper, pottery, textiles and words. I’ve done engraving, linoleum cuts, woodcuts, bookmaking, origami … Continue reading

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Have I got a project for you!

This past weekend I learned that Penguin Books, UK, is taking unsolicited manuscripts until the 31st of October. As their policy is not to accept unsolicited manuscripts this is a rare opportunity indeed! I have a young adult novel half-finished, … Continue reading

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Word sweatshops

I wrote a couple of months ago about signing up for Elance, and promised to let you know how that was going. I had great hopes for it, especially as it came recommended by someone I know.  However, a couple … Continue reading

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