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Guest Blog: The Writer’s Life Isn’t for Sissies by Marilyn Levinson

The Writer’s Life Isn’t for Sissies by Marilyn Levinson The electronic age has made it easy for anyone to self-publish a work of fiction. All you have to do is write a book. It needn’t be approved, edited or even good. As long as the text is formatted correctly, up it goes on Amazon and …

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Guest Blogger: Barb Goffman – Before You Hire a Freelance Editor, Read these Tips

Before You Hire a Freelance Editor, Read These Tips By Barb Goffman Everyone can always use a second pair of eyes. That’s where I come in. I’ve been editing fiction for several years as a co-editor of the Chesapeake Crimes anthology series. (Stories in the series have won nearly every major crime-fiction award—check ’em out …

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Volunteering and Writing Conferences – Why Do I Bother?

Volunteering and Writing Conferences – Why Do I Bother? by Debra H. Goldstein I hate wasting time sitting in meetings where people talk to hear themselves heard, fail to stick to agenda topics, or where programs are repetitive of what I’ve heard before. So, why do I serve on civic committees and why do I …

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Guest Blogger Linda Rodriguez: What Can We Learn From the Century’s Bestsellers

What Can We Learn From the Century’s Bestsellers by Linda Rodriguez Matt Kahn is a blogger with an unusual idea. He is reading the 94 books that have been listed as the year’s bestseller by Publishers Weekly for each year of the 100 years since PW began announcing the bestselling book of each year. http://www.kahnscorner.com/2013/02/100-years-94-books.html …

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Guest Blogger: Paula Gail Benson – What Taking the Bar Exam Taught Me About Writing

What Taking the Bar Exam Taught Me about Writing by Paula Gail Benson Just having a law degree doesn’t make you a lawyer. Most states require that a law school graduate pass a bar examination to work and have the title “attorney.” Bar review courses of six-to-eight weeks help law school grads prepare for bar …

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AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARRIETTE SACKLER

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR HARRIETTE SACKLER I recently had a short story, Who Dat? Dat the Indian Chief! published in the Mardi Gras Murder anthology. Of the thirteen stories included in the book, Queen of the King Cakes by Harriette Sackler particularly caught my attention so I decided to interview Harriette. 1. Tell me about …

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Guest Blogger Grace Topping: Revenge! Exorcizing Bad Memories Through Your Writing

REVENGE! EXORCIZING BAD MEMORIES THROUGH YOUR WRITING by Grace Topping All of us have them. Those pesky, uncomfortable memories that make us blanch, screech, moan, grimace, shudder, or cry. Thankfully, most of them are buried deep in our subconscious and don’t come to mind often. But when we least expect it, a scent of cologne, …

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