Work the Room

The women were in the kitchen. The men were in the living room. It was a wine tasting party and I was there because I was related to the hostess. Otherwise, I didn't know these women. One of these women, an executive at Wal-Mart, was telling the other wives about how she screwed up her …

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Please pass the salt. I’ve got a wound over here that needs some.

You should read Betsy Lerner's The Forest for the Trees: And Editor's Advice to Writers. Indeed, an editor enjoys nothing more than being startled awake by a particularly witty or moving letter or reading the fresh pages of an extremely well-written manuscript and finding that the world receded as she becomes more deeply involved in …

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Gagging the World

A friend of mine sent me this quote from Annie Dillard. Publication is not a gauge of excellence. This is harder to learn than anything about publishing, and very important. Formerly, if a manuscript was 'good', it 'merited' attention. This has not been true for at least 20 years, but the news hasn't filtered out …

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Teach Kids to Read & They’ll Read Something You Don’t Like

Our local library wouldn't allow me to check out books from the grown up section until I was 12. The librarian frowned at my grandmother when she realized grandma was checking out the Agatha Christie books on my behalf. I read while walking down the school hallways. I kept a book in my lap during …

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