Summer Reading

Summertime and the reading is good this year. We’ve selected our seasonal picks, and will surely be spotted toting them on vacation and to neighborhood parks. Here’s what we’ve chosen:  From Karen: My extremely well read sister has shamed me into reading Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. Okay, there are a few holes in myContinue reading “Summer Reading”

Commercial? Upmarket? Literary?

Of course we all know the differences, right? Maybe. Way, deep down. But in case you’re curious to see them explained succinctly, in colorful little infographics with real-world examples no less, take a glance at these little gems. Originally posted by Women Fiction Writers, who credit agent Carly Watters for their creation. God love them.

Writing Conference Takeaways

From Cathy I recently attended a great writing conference in Washington, DC and swore I’d go straight home and compile all the information for Write Despite and post it ASAP. That was in April. But hey, I’ve finally done it. At the Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing conference, I took pages of notes,Continue reading “Writing Conference Takeaways”

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!”

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”

The Best $5 You’ll Ever Spend

Friends, The countdown is on. We need 15 more folks to sign up today in order to bring Fiction Attic Press, a fantastic platform for both emerging and established writers, to a broader audience. Fiction Attic is publishing my novel in the fall, and there are plenty of opportunities for other writers to submit toContinue reading “The Best $5 You’ll Ever Spend”

The Long and Short of It

Taking a break from the book for a while because … well, because I’m stuck. Discouraged. Not feeling it . But you don’t want to hear my problems. Neither does Karen. She told me to shut up and quit whining and go write a short story. Okay, she was much nicer than that, but IContinue reading “The Long and Short of It”

A Matter of Perspective

So we’ve all got different tastes in fiction, but I want to share a new novel that I’ve just finished, The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout. So many aspects of this story are moving, but I was particularly impressed with how skillfully and effectively Strout handles multiple perspectives through a third-person narrator. Take a look,Continue reading “A Matter of Perspective”

Author Letitia Moffitt: “We want success in this thing we do” (And it just don’t come easy)

Letitia Moffitt knows a thing or two about endurance—the physical and the mental kind. Her first novel Sidewalk Dancing is scheduled for publication by Atticus Books in early November. After you read Letitia’s piece below, you’ll want to order a copy. Browse the other great Atticus titles while you’re at it. Small presses are publishingContinue reading “Author Letitia Moffitt: “We want success in this thing we do” (And it just don’t come easy)”