I’ve been rereading two of my very favorite books: Coraline by Neil Gaiman and We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson. Why? I could bore you with woeful tales of needing a book to obsess me and not finding it lately (suggestions welcomed!) but really, it all comes down to magic. Both [...]
“I love writing,” said a Grubbie in a one-to-one Career Boost, “but whenever I announce that I’m a writer, someone always asks me what novels I have in print. When I tell them I’m unpublished, they give me a pitying look, and I feel like a failure.” Of course, this writer is far from being [...]
I am due to give birth in four days, and I am ready to crawl out of my skin from impatience. I’ve done everything safely possible to get things going—yoga, walking, red raspberry leaf tea, primrose oil, spicy food, you name it. But my little boy is cozy and comfortable and doesn’t seem like [...]
By Michelle Seaton Years ago, I was an assistant editor at a regional magazine. We were set to publish a piece written by a man who specialized in rescuing abused animals, including circus animals. The story detailed a relationship he’d had with a former circus elephant that had attacked and nearly killed him several times. [...]
Your meal ticket in this industry is the pitch letter. You need to write a pitch letter to sell that idea. And your pitch letter needs to rock.
“Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say goodbye. I hate goodbyes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.” – Charles M. Schulz Last [...]
By Kaila Kuban Dear______, It has been two days since I was at the Muse, trying to suck up all the air and warmth and good juju as possible. It has only been today, however, that I could put my fingers to the keyboard and write you this letter. I spent three days at the [...]
Today closes out the The Muse and the Marketplace. This is the fourteenth in a series of micro-interviews by an author, agent or editor who is attending the event. Micro-Interview with Benjamin Samuel What is the toughest criticism to give or receive on writing? It’s the vague, more emotional criticisms that are the toughest. [...]
By Katie Li “You mean, you’re taking a writing class at that place that has ads on the Green Line?” This was the typical response I got when I told my friends about my summer plans. I was fifteen years old and ready to write something more meaningful and imaginative than the brief exercises assigned [...]
Day 2 of The Muse and the Marketplace. This is the thirteenth in a series of micro-interviews by an author, agent or editor who is attending the event. Micro-Interview with Ann Collette What is the toughest criticism to give or receive on writing? As an agent, I find it’s not giving criticism that’s tough, [...]
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