A Visit from Papa H.

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By Rob Wilstein
(with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)


Twas the night before deadline, coffee shops all abuzz,

Grubbie creatures were writing, as most of us does.

Hi-test lattes were lined on the counters with care,

In hopes the muse Calliope soon would appear.


These scribes were ensconced, some off of their meds,

December 24, 2013 | Guest Author

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Family Secrets as Fiction

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Some of our country’s greatest novels are about seriously broken family relationships and tragically flawed personalities. Given that, it makes sense for one to look to their own family as a source of inspiration to write great fiction, but what are the boundaries and taboos? Which stories are fair game vs

November 29, 2013 | Rosanna Fay

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From the Intern Desk: The Argument for Procrastination

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by Kirby Pendergast 

You are about to be tested. The creators of a new form of intelligence test are still refining their product. However, they have already found ample evidence that the test can diagnose extremes. A very low score indicates low ability. A high score is proof of very high intelligence. Would you try to get the lowest score you could?

November 27, 2013 | Info

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Blog in Progress: Lessons from Little America (Or, How to Survive – and Thrive – on a DIY Book Tour)

1. Publish with a mighty independent press that creates a beautiful book whose cover warms your heart every time you look at its green and yellow glow. It is very important that you feel this way, as there will be days you'll need that green and yellow glow to carry you through eleven hours of driving.

2. Find out your publisher's budget for a book tour, and then figure out how much you can afford to spend yourself. Even if you've published with a major house, unless your last name is Kardashian, the amount you can afford to spend yourself will pretty much be your budget.

November 26, 2013 | Lisa Borders

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The Affordable Care Act and You: How Can Freelance Writers Benefit from Health Care Reform?

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By Michael Cahill

Self-employed people such as freelance writers often lack the cushy benefits packages enjoyed by their salaried counterparts at traditional employers. This ends up translating into big monthly expenses that add up down the road. Thankfully, one of the biggest of those expenses, health insurance, looks to be becoming a bit easier to manage with the introduction of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

October 31, 2013 | Guest Author

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