By Anne Cassidy
The other day I was revising an essay, moving paragraphs around with keystrokes and trying to keep the entire structure in mind. It was my usual process — except that it wasn’t working. The piece was a muddle. I had lost my way. What I wanted was to see the article in its entirety. What I wanted was old school, a process dimly remembered from my past. It was bold. It was rash. I did it anyway.2 Comments
By Michelle V. Rafter
Got a freelancer or two to shop for and missed getting something on Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Maybe you’re the problem child on everyone’s list because you can’t ever think of anything you need. Not to worry.
The following goodies are tailor-made for freelancers. Or, the next time someone asks what you want, send them a copy of this. Bonus – everything is available online. Don’t forget, if you’re giving any of these as tax-deductible business gifts, the IRS’ acceptable spending limit is $25:8 Comments
By Dan Drollette, Jr.
I recently discovered one of the most thrilling – and terrifying – parts of book publishing: reading the reviews.
Usually they contain thoughtful insights about the thing you sweated over for years. Occasionally, you wonder what the reviewer was smoking. Rarer still, a reviewer really gets it, making you want to stand up and shout: “That’s why I did this!”6 Comments
By Michele C. Hollow
Last time I looked, LinkedIn had 1,583,987 groups. I belong to 22 of them.
Each one offers a different benefit. The one that I am turning to the most these days is the WWI Historians’ group. Honestly, if I weren’t writing a book about a service dog who served in WWI, I don’t think I would have joined this group.1 Comment
By Bettijane Eisenpreis
Starting at Home Plate
In Little Women, Professor Baer tells Jo to “write what you know.” I loved that book when I was a child, and when I decided to become a writer I took the Professor’s advice to heart. In all my books and articles, my experience has served as a source of anecdotes and examples. What do we writers know better than ourselves? And if we don’t have a personal interest in our topic, we’d better find one. It’s what keeps the juices flowing and the audience interested.Leave a comment