When I learned that an author I’ll call Ms. Y had a son in the Army, I asked her if she might be interested in reading Pretty Much True… . (At the time, it hadn’t yet been placed with a publisher and was just sitting around in my computer doing nothing.) She responded with “Yes,” but she also asked if I was looking for an endorsement. Continue reading

Writers interview other writers all the time about their upcoming or current projects.

But when the writers conducting the interviews are also creative writers, the questions can sometimes get a little too “Tell me about your process.” A little too “What do you, as a writer, think about the great art of writing?” It becomes (frankly) a big writer circle j–well, back-patting circle Continue reading

(Originally posted at Inside the Writers’ Studio)

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Sue Grafton isn’t the first to say this, and RJ Keller and I don’t necessarily entirely disagree with her, because self-publishing can be the lazy (or easy) route. However…

In 1987, Joyce Carol Oates was revealed to be Rosamond Smith, the author of Lives of the Twins, a mystery novel slated for publication the same year as You Must Remember This, a “real” Oates novel.

Oates was disappointed to have been discovered–“I wanted to Continue reading

Everything I know about superheroes (and whatever the Transformers are) came from movies. I’ve watched Spiderman, Superman, Batman, X-Men, and the Green Lantern, but I never read superhero comics as a kid. I was an Archie girl. Continue reading

A few weeks ago, in “Kill the First Novel? Are You Insane?” I responded to Edan Lepucki’s decision to semi-permanently put away her first novel after it received a series of rejections. In her piece, Lepucki touches on self-publishing as a possibility and then quickly dismisses it as an option (for her).

This week, in “Do it Yourself: Self-Published Authors Take Matters Into Their Own Hands,” Lepucki examines the benefits and pitfalls of self-publishing and presents a few ideas that beg to be addressed.


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Inside the Writers’ Studio stresses the importance of writers practicing good time management. Don’t let chip-eating and Ramen house-building happen to you.