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Go Ahead and Submit, But Try Not to Care

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[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Molly Howes

I can’t take exception to Michelle Seaton’s recent encouragement in the Grub Street blog to submit and submit again. [See here and here.]

April 16, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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SUCCESS STORY: Grub Street, Endurance and Getting Published

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My erotic crime thriller, Rage Begets Murder, will be published today, seven years after it was begun. I am seventy-one, the Grandpa Moses of publishing debut fiction. Without Grub Street Writers it would never have happened.

Like all writing, there is a back story. The novel is set in the mid-1950’s and is in part the story of a man who was one of the mid-wives of rock’n’roll. He brought a musical boiler maker, a shot of rock’a’billy and a tumbler of black gospel trained music, Carl Perkins and Little Richard Pennimen, from radio to TV

April 1, 2013 | Info

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Lab Report: We Tried an Experiment and Our Students Made It a Success

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[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Pagan Kennedy

A year ago, Ethan Gilsdorf and I began to discuss a wildly ambitious idea: Could we invent a new way to teach nonfiction writing?

Because we're working journalists, we both benefit from constant feedback from our agents and editors.

Unfortunately, creative-writing students rarely have a chance to learn from those kinds of encounters with the real world of publishing.

March 5, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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So, What Exactly Does It Mean to Be a “Working Writer”?

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About 15 years ago, I took a class with the well-known San Francisco editor Tom Jenks, who founded Narrative Magazine and worked with Raymond Carver. On the last day, each student had a 20-minute session with Tom in which to discuss their work.

I didn’t want to spend the time talking about my book. Instead, I asked: “I want to be a working writer. How do I do that?”

February 7, 2013 | Katrin Schumann

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How to Survive Rejection 101: Advice for the New Year

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By Tara Masih

I’ve been in the world of publishing for three decades now. I’ve seen friends’ and colleagues’ writing careers both blossom and wilt. Some never even break ground. What mainly separates the successes from the failures (or from those who give up)? It’s often, simply, an inability to cope with rejection. It isn’t that the successful authors are necessarily better writers out of the gate

January 31, 2013 | Tara Masih

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