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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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