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Brave New World: The 10 Stages of Indie Publishing

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By Joanna Weiss

This post was originally published on Beyond the Margins.

Last summer, I took a giant publishing-industry leap of faith and put my novel, Milkshake – a satire about mommy wars, politics and breastfeeding extremists — on Kindle and Nook as an independent e-book

January 11, 2012 | Beyond the Margins

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Beyond The Margins’ 1st Annual ABOVE & BEYOND AWARD

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Beyond The Margins’

1st Annual



“I saw her rarely over the years, but each time our paths crossed she threw her arms around me as if I were exactly the person she was hoping would round the corner. I’m sure there are hundreds of people who felt that way because her attention to each of us was so special, so individual, so generous…”

December 7, 2011 | Beyond the Margins

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Starting A New Book

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By Javed Jahangir

Because spending the lion’s share of the last decade repeatedly banging my head on my desk was insufficient, I have decided to start work on a second novel. If you prefer the written word to have sound effects, please plug in your iPod and pick the Wagnerian crescendo of your choice at this point. For a medical opinion, I consulted Kathy Crowley, who in addition to being a terrific writer is also a medical doctor.

November 9, 2011 | Beyond the Margins

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What’s Lost in the Mail: When Modernity Makes Plot Devices Obsolete

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By Nichole Bernier.  Originally published on Beyond the Margins.

“Hundreds of pieces of mail fluttered onto the interstate in eastern Missouri Sunday after the door of a semi carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service popped open. The mail was scattered along 70 miles of highway near St. Louis, according to Postal Inspector Dan Taylor, headed for a dispatch center in Memphis….” –, Jan 17 2011

October 19, 2011 | Info

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Ah, the Perfect Novel

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By Becky Tuch (originally published on Beyond the Margins)

For several terms now I have been teaching a Jumpstart Your Novel workshop at Grub Street in Boston. During the course I give writing assignments intended to guide the students through phases of the novel. For example, I ask them to write a scene in which their protagonist discovers something about a loved one, or a scene in which the protagonist tries to get something very specific—a job, a shoe, a cell phone—but is blocked from doing so. Over the ten weeks, the students come up with ten scenes ...

October 12, 2011 | Info

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