Guest Blog: Writing Tips from Author Kirsten Lopresti

Kirsten Lopresti, having just released her fab-tastic debut novel, Bright Coin Moon, offers up some tips for fitting writing into your holiday craziness. Please check out her website, and order a copy of Bright Coin Moon for yourself or any YA readers on your gift list. It’s a smart, funny, moving tale of a teenager caught up in her mother’s fake fortunetelling business,Continue reading “Guest Blog: Writing Tips from Author Kirsten Lopresti”

Okay, this was fun

Karen’s official book launch was this Saturday–a quiet signing at Breakwater Books in Guilford, Connecticut. And damn it, I just had to be there. I decided not to tell her I was coming, for two reasons: 1) I thought it would be fun to surprise her, and 2) If I had to back out at the lastContinue reading “Okay, this was fun”

A Goodreads page and everything? Oh my!

Well, my novel is up on Goodreads. You can order it, review it, “add” it, so this must really being happening, after all. And as if that weren’t enough, I also have a couple of readings and book signings scheduled at Connecticut bookshops in mid-November: Breakwater Books — November 15 81 Whitfield Street Guilford, CTContinue reading “A Goodreads page and everything? Oh my!”

Amazing (and FREE) Writing Opportunity!

Have you heard of MOOCs? The term stands for massive open online course, and the writing program at the University of Iowa is currently hosting one. Iowa’s Writing University Open Courses website is offering a six-week FREE course, for beginners to experienced-level writers, called How Writers Write Fiction. Once you register for the class, you simply watchContinue reading “Amazing (and FREE) Writing Opportunity!”

20 Minutes of Inspiration

New writer Karen Baker recently stumbled upon the Write Despite challenge. Wrestling with a short story she needed to get down on paper, Karen says 20 minutes a day have made all the difference. Please welcome Karen Baker to Write Despite.   I found Write Despite through a very dear friend of mine, who gaveContinue reading “20 Minutes of Inspiration”

Stubborn Streak

There is something to be said for that stubborn streak your parents always complained about. “Muleheaded” was, as I recall, my parents’ fave term. That trait has gotten me into more than a few fights and through plenty of standoffs with my kids, and into a fair amount of trouble. It’s also gotten me publishedContinue reading “Stubborn Streak”

Summer Daze

Hi all, Sorry for the lateness in posting.Remember when summers used to mean long, lazy days with nothing to do but read, run, play, hang by the pool? Yeah, we barely recall that either. And even if we did, it’s a far cry from what we’re doing now, right? Here at Write Despite, we’ve beenContinue reading “Summer Daze”

Author Mark Lowery: A Novel is a Leap of Faith

Novelist Mark Lowery, a man of talent and faith, shares his journey to publication with us today. Mark’s debut novel, He Promisd Nvr 2 Leav Me, was published by Lion’s Roar Press, a new Ohio-based independent press. Please check it out and pick up copy. Born in the Bronx, New York, Mark is an award-winningContinue reading “Author Mark Lowery: A Novel is a Leap of Faith”

Agent Revisited

I recently sat in on a panel with Jeff Kleinman—again. He’s the agent from Folio Literary Management I wrote about last year. If you missed that post, here it is. He gives lots of great information for submitting novels to agents, especially literary fiction, and had a few new insights this year. But even whatContinue reading “Agent Revisited”

Rejections Revisited

C. Michael Curtis, a senior editor and longtime revered fiction editor at the Atlantic Monthly, published an essay called “Publishers and Publishing,” in On Writing Short Stories, a collection of essays, edited by Tom Bailey. It’s a pretty enlightening, amusing reflection on the fiction submissions he receives. Our fave part: “Much of the writing that poursContinue reading “Rejections Revisited”