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Work-in-Progress: Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

(Still experimenting with a new title/format for these midweek posts. Thanks for bearing with me!)

‘TIS THE SEASON
Well, not exactly. But my extended family has found, these past several years, that it’s often easier for all of us to gather for a holiday on less-than-exact dates that are at least in the general vicinity of the holiday in question.

Thus, last weekend found us pre-celebrating Hanukkah. Below, one of the gifts Auntie Erika bestowed: B.J. Novak’s The Book With No Pictures (the picture doesn’t capture the excitement/joy that the gift evoked as soon as it was unwrapped; this was one of my more inspired/successful choices!).

Novak

WRITING
This week brought the conclusion of the terrific workshop I’ve been part of this fall. It also brought an effort–now stalled, I admit–to work on a new essay. And it brought a poetry acceptance (more about that soon, I trust!).

I knew the workshop was coming to an end. I suspected that the essay might not “work.” And I hoped the poem might find its home.

But I did not, in any way, anticipate this lovely note which arrived via email yesterday, about one of the short stories in Quiet Americans: Continue reading ›

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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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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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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: The Missouri Review

If you’re a subscriber or otherwise have access to the journal, you’ll find my piece, “Unmothers: Women Writing About Life Without Children,” within.

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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress

People have been asking me what I’m doing as Media Editor for Fig Tree Books. This week, one part of my job became public information: editing freelance reviews to be published on the Fig Tree Books website.

We announced this exciting project on the Fig Tree site yesterday:

We’re proud that the Fig Tree Books website is now home to content drawn from Joshua Lambert’s American Jewish Fiction: A JPS Guide, a compendium of 125 reviews of important literature that deals with the experiences of American Jews. By incorporating this book’s companion website into the Fig Tree website, we have been able to include many of the summary reviews that appeared in the Guide as well as a list of hundreds of other important works Lambert was not able to cover.

And that’s where you come in. We’re looking for smart, enthusiastic readers to write about the books that Lambert wasn’t able to include so that we may further enrich the conversation about fiction that evokes and engages with American Jewish experience.

Interested? Read the full announcement here. (And, yes–FTB will be paying its reviewers.)

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Wednesday’s Work-in-Progress: Full-time and Freelance

LaunchThe biggest news this week is that my employer, Fig Tree Books LLC, has launched its imprint and announced its first four books, which will be published beginning in March 2015. Read the full press release on our wonderful website. And/or check out this generous coverage from Library Journal. (It’s never too late to celebrate! Lift a virtual glass as per the nifty image I had fun creating and am sharing here.)

Working for FTB means that I won’t be doing much of the freelance writing-about-books that I’ve done for such a long time. When I began working for FTB last month, I had just finished two such freelance assignments. One of them–a fall books preview article for The Jewish Journal–was published this week. I hope you’ll take a look. The other, a review-essay for The Missouri Review, will be in the forthcoming fall issue. I can give you a hint about it, though: If you found Meghan Daum’s essay in this week’s issue of The New Yorker interesting, you’ll find some similar food for thought in my TMR piece.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins tonight. I’m not going to blog for the next couple of days. But rest assured, I’ll be back! In the meantime, here’s wishing a sweet and happy new year to everyone else who is celebrating.

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