“Really?” Millicent says, gaping at her overflowing inbox. “It’s rejection season again?” and other things queriers and submitters don’t want to hear
Did you hear that long, low howl of despair in the early working hours this morning, campers? Did its mournful resonance chill your bones, or at least lightly chill your marrow? Did it prompt you to yank the covers over your head, reasoning that whether that terrible noise came from the wind or the collective […]
“What do you you mean, your book’s not published yet?” and other light-hearted holiday table banter
While lazily re-reading the letters of Madame de Sévigné, as one so often does at this time of year, I stumbled across a particularly revealing book review. Quoth the great lady: This Morale of Nicole is admirable, and Cléopatre is going along nicely, but in no hurry; it is for odd moments. Usually, it is […]
A rare unvarnished glimpse into post-publication life
I don’t usually post links to online articles, campers, but I wanted to give you a heads-up about an unusual piece just published on Café by the always thought-provoking Deborah Copaken. The article is a good example of short memoir writing — something I always like to celebrate. It’s also, I suspect, going to be […]
- Nov 02, 2014 When “where do I send those requested materials?” is a multiple-choice question
- Oct 26, 2014 Sing it along with me now, submitters: torn between requests for pages, feeling like a fool. Is showing my manuscript to both of you breaking all the rules?
- Oct 14, 2014 Overcoming those bare-page blues, or, getting those wheels spinning productively
- May 09, 2014 As the screen goes wavy again, or, what had already begun to bore Millicent by the time talkies rolled around
- Apr 07, 2014 Hey, what happened?
- Feb 24, 2014 Please raise a glass (or three) to my 1600th post!
- Nov 28, 2013 Avoiding the writer’s classic holiday blues, or, what to say when Aunt Myrna exclaims, “What? You’re still working on that book? I thought you’d have it published by now!”