The Next Big Thing

From Cathy Well, it’s been quite a month. So again, please bear with me while I gloat—just a wee bit. In addition to the short story in American Fiction Volume 14, I recently found out that…drumroll please… My book is getting published! A Hundred Weddings will be released in early 2016 through Marching Ink, an independentContinue reading “The Next Big Thing”

Shameless Publication Plug!

From Cathy Hi everyone! A quick note to announce that American Fiction Volume 14—edited by Bruce Pratt and Pulitzer Freakin’ Prize winner Elizabeth Strout—was released today. I’m thrilled a story of mine, which took second prize in their contest, is included. The publisher, New Rivers Press, describes it this way: “Twenty-one new authors evoke theContinue reading “Shameless Publication Plug!”

Author, Author!

From Cathy Last week I had the pleasure of attending two literary events celebrating new books by people I’m proud to call friends. They are both exceptional writers, and I was honored to have been asked to review at least parts of both of their books while they were being written. I’m even mentioned in their acknowledgements,Continue reading “Author, Author!”

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!”

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”

Q & A with ‘Wonder Show’ Author, Hannah Barnaby

Hannah Barnaby is author of Wonder Show, a novel set in 1939 that  tells the tale of 13-year-old Portia Remini, who flees a Home for Wayward Girls and winds up with a traveling sideshow. As if the freakish world of the carnival and its sideshow “misfits” aren’t enough to deal with, Portia’s also searching for the father who abandoned her,Continue reading “Q & A with ‘Wonder Show’ Author, Hannah Barnaby”

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”