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Success Story: A Serendipitous Path To Publishing

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By Kathryn Handley

Although it seems like I took a long and winding path to publishing two books, perhaps in the "lit world" it's not so. Looking back to my know-nothing status as a newbie writer, I counted on a good bit of luck and a huge amount of perserverance. When I was starting out, I joined a South Shore writing group and soon realized that I needed to know more about craft. At a Wesleyan Writer's conference, Chris Offutt praised my short story, "The Squat," that eventually became Birds of Paradise, A Novel

August 25, 2011 | Info

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Finding the A-Ha Moments in Memoir

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By Melissa Coleman

It was on a particularly trying day near the end of summer 2005 that I knew I had to start writing again. I’d had identical twin girls in February and my mommy patience was stretching to the limits of its elastic cord, threatening breakage. I’d been working on a novel before I got pregnant, but found that pregnancy and nursing demanded all of the creative energies I’d previously put into writing

May 3, 2011 | Melissa Coleman

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April 2011: Amsterdam. The Latitude of Gratitude.

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By Jenna Blum. For Writer On The Road.

I wasn't sure if I should write this post or if I could post it without having you hate me.

Because, look.  First of all, one day I opened my Twitter feed and some nice Dutch person named Chris Kooi said to me, "Have you seen this?" It turned out the nice Dutch person Chris Kooi was an editor for my Dutch publisher, Boekerij (pronounced Booo-ker-eye), and the Dutch edition of my first novel, THOSE WHO SAVE US--known in Holland as HET FAMILIE PORTRET--was on the Dutch bestseller list.


April 27, 2011 | Info

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Success Story: Revision, Revision

--By Julie Wu

It has all come to pass.  After ten long years, I have sold my debut novel, The Third Son.  I have a publisher, Algonquin.  I have an editor (sort of.  It’s a long story).

And I am revising.  Again.

Nothing major, the editor said.  No structural changes, no changes of tense, voice, narrative point of view.  I was relieved, getting my editorial letter.

April 19, 2011 | Info

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Digging in at the Archive

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By Cam Terwilliger

In early December I discovered the email I’d been anticipating for months, now lurking in my inbox. It was the response to my application for a creative research fellowship at The American Antiquarian Society (AAS), a library of historical documents in Worcester, MA. I hesitated, unsure I wanted to know the results. Since 2007, I’d been working on (and struggling with) a novel set during The French and Indian War, a story I’d also peppered with elements of Faustian black magic, a decision that led me to refer to it as my “Satanic Last ...

April 5, 2011 | Cam Terwilliger

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