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So what’s wrong with shameless self-promotion?

I had coffee with my writer friend Pauline today, and we talked about how hard it is to sell, not to sell anything specific, but simply to sell people something. I can’t sell anything I don’t believe in, and I … Continue reading

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The curse of the drinking classes

The original is “Drink: the curse of the working classes”, but I prefer one that a manager of mine, nearly thirty years ago now, said one Friday afternoon. “Work: the curse of the drinking classes.” Work is also the curse … Continue reading

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Another thing to celebrate

My husband and I got married twice. In November of 1984 we had a handfasting. The ceremony had no legal standing, but it was what we wanted – or at least what I wanted. Twenty-one years later, give or take … Continue reading

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I’m not making this up, you know!

One part of Julia Cameron’s course “The Artist’s Way” is an assignment not to read for a week. The week I did my “not-reading”, I made an exception for traffic signs. What I noticed that week, though, was how hard … Continue reading

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To simsub or not to simsub

Simsubs – or simultaneous submissions – are a bone of contention in the writing world. A simsub is when an author submits a story to two or more publications at the same time. I just took a quick look at … Continue reading

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The week in the middle

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is an odd little bit of limbo in the Western year. Because Christmas was on Saturday this year, the post office is taking Monday and Tuesday off in lieu of Christmas and … Continue reading

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Rigged to fail

We’re closing in on the end of 2010. I’ve made two hundred fifty-seven submissions and had twenty-three paid acceptances, plus one that pays in copies. Oh, yes, and two non-fiction paid sales, and a couple of grants. I’ve also had … Continue reading

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