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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

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‘Tis a c-r-a-z-y time, folks.

A lot of that has to do with my job at Fig Tree Books. We’ll be announcing our first list of novels on Monday, September 22. So there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on to make that a smooth and successful day.

In the meantime:

  • It appears that one of my essays is going to be recorded and re-presented as an audio piece. I spent some time reviewing edits for that over the weekend. More info to be shared in due course.
  • Although I haven’t yet received my contributor copy, the new edition of Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market is out and includes my contribution on virtual book tours.
  • I’ve started a new poem! (On a related note: I also found out this week that my poetry chapbook had lost yet another contest. But the notice included some really nice, encouraging words about my work.)
  • Bonus: Thanks to one of my former supervisors (hi, Tim!), I’ve discovered this excellent post with stock-image recommendations. The one I chose for today’s “work-in-progress” update appealed to me because, for a few days this past week (for once!), my fingernails looked almost as nice as those of the model in the photo. And that’s because another high point of the past week was my midtown lunch with another former co-worker, followed by a surprise luxury–a free manicure!–at a nearby Duane Reade drugstore. (If you happen to be looking for a new nail color for fall, may I recommend “Dress to Kilt”? It looked fab…while it lasted.)

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    Monday Markets for Writers: No Fees, Paying Gigs

    dollar-sign-mdMonday brings the weekly batch of no-fee competitions/contests, paying submission calls, and jobs for those of us who write (especially those of us who write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction). Continue reading ›

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    Friday Finds for Writers

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    Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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    Friday Finds for Writers

    Treasure Chest
    Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend. Continue reading ›

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    Friday Finds for Writers

    Treasure Chest
    Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to enjoy over the weekend.

  • “We who love literature face an urgent crisis: a gruesome epidemic of articles worrying over the demise of literature, reading, English Departments, and apparently (along with them) culture, art, morality, humanity, and ALL KNOWLEDGE AND CIVILIZATION.” I’ll admit that I’ve wearied of reading those articles. But I enjoyed Tasha Golden’s Ploughshares blog post on “the problems with doomsday laments” themselves.
  • Speaking of we who love literature: David Abrams is one of our literary culture’s great heroes. The latest example of his goodliness: the new edition of his Front Porch Books column, “a monthly tally of books–mainly advance review copies (aka “uncorrected proofs” and “galleys”)” that have made their way to his Kindle–and the pile of packages on his front porch.
  • It may sound silly or self-evident, but, as The Renegade Writer cautions us, “If You Don’t Read Magazines, Don’t Try to Write for Them.”
  • “In Praise of Vacation Time.” I think we can all use this reminder.
  • And on a somber note: I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about and grieving for Robin Williams. I’ve also been prompted to revisit William Styron’s seminal Darkness Visible, which you can find in its magazine form on the Vanity Fair website.
  • Have a good weekend, everyone.

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