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The Imperfect Writing Life

At AWP16 in Los Angeles in March, I went to a fabulous panel called The Imperfect Writing Life with Samantha Dunn moderating and Andre DeBus III (author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie), Carol Edgarian (author of Rise the Euphrates and Three Stages of Amazement), Neil Thompson (director of publishing at Amazon) and […]

How to Achieve Your Writing Goals for Just Pennies

Photo by Amanda Bui courtesy of Creative Commons

If you’re a typical writer, you made all kinds of New Year’s resolutions this month:

“I will publish 3 articles in national magazines.” “I will complete the first draft of my novel.” “I will get an agent by June.” “I will get my memoir PUBLISHED this […]

7 Reasons I’m Thankful for You

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Whether your day will be filled with turkey or Tofurkey, au gratin potatoes or gluten-free, dairy-free pumpkin pie (mine will be filled with both), I wish everyone a wonderful time eating, relaxing and spending time with family and friends this weekend.

Photo courtesy of Julie via Creative Commons

And now, a […]

Writerland Challenge 2013 Week Two Check-In: What Is Success?

Yesterday my five-year-old son opened his fortune cookie, and together we read:

“You have a strong potential for success.”

“What is success?” he wanted to know. Avoiding the temptation to whip out my smart phone and read him the Merriam Webster definition, I began:

“Well, if you want to bake a cake, and your […]

What Makes You Angry?

Per my own advice, I am reading Ryan Holiday’s Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator, a disturbing exposé of how marketing people manipulate the public through the media. If you’ve ever been angered or annoyed by American Apparel ads, Holiday has done his job. As the Director of Marketing for […]

7 Things I Take to Writers’ Conferences

First up, a few announcements:

I have room for a couple more students in my Blogging for Beginners class, which starts August 7 and runs for four Wednesdays at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. Email me if you’d like to enroll!

Anyone who has followed this blog for a while knows that my posts […]

Happy Halloween!

Today I’d like to welcome horror author Kathryn Meyer Griffith who is here to share some not-so-scary childhood Halloween memories. Kathryn is the author of a long list of horror novels, all available on Amazon, several of which are available today for just 99 cents.

Treat or Treat, Robots and Candy Corn By Kathryn Meyer […]

Should You Preschedule Tweets?

I’ve begun a new column for SheWrites called Networking for Introverts, which will run every other Thursday, and I’ll repost those here. Here is the latest:

With the growing popularity of Buffer and the introduction of HootSuite’s AutoSchedule feature, there has been a lot of brouhaha on the Internet lately about whether you should preschedule […]

5 Tips For Hiring The Right Freelance Editor

As a freelance editor and someone who has hired several freelance editors, I wanted to give my two cents about if/when/how you need to hire an editor. Anne Allen wrote a wonderful post about this topic Sunday as well. Be sure to check it out when you’re done reading this:

1. Do I need a […]

Memoir Monday: Point of View

I know, I know, it’s TUESDAY, not Monday, but “Memoir Tuesday” just doesn’t have the same ring to it. It is also Memoir May here at Writerland, which means I’m editing memoirs for 30% off my regular rate while my own memoir is being marked up with red ink. (E-mail me for a free estimate!) […]