Friday Finds for Writers

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Writing-related resources, news, and reflections to peruse over the weekend.

  • “In the end, I’m grateful for our increased sensitivity around issues of cultural appropriation. It has made me a better, more careful writer. In many ways, it saved my book,” writes Rebecca Makkai in an essay about that focuses on her latest novel, The Great Believers.
  • “A book takes as long as it takes. Try not to sabotage yourself, or feel guilty, if it’s taking longer than you thought it would. The end product will be better for it.” Just one insight shared by memoirist Lisa Romeo in a new interview (conducted by Annie L. Scholl) that appears on The Sunlight Press.
  • Updated advice from Jane Friedman regarding how to evaluate small publishers (plus digital-only presses and hybrids).
  • If you’re a writer with a book to promote, and you’re trying to pitch editors for coverage, you’ll want to check out this thread of tips from Jennifer Baker.
  • And remember: If it’s Friday, you’ll find a fresh set of #JewLit links over on My Machberet.
  • Have a great weekend! And if you’re free on Sunday evening, please join me (and Jeannine Hall Gailey) for a Twitter #PoetParty!