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Bye for now

It was decided back in March that after a few more posts, The Writers’ Block would go on indefinite hiatus. Alas, that time has come. I’m not sure when/if we will be back; it all depends on time and blah blah blah blah. 🙂 The bottom line is we’re all busy with other things right now, so it’s time to take a break. We all still have our individual blogs, so visit there for updates if you like. I will be posting blog carnivals and entries on my own personal blog and on Clary’s group blog, The Book’s Den, as time permits.

Speaking of carnivals, I’d like to announce that the Carl Brandon Society is hosting a blog carnival for Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month (which is this month). The deadline to submit for the carnival is May 15, 2008. Check it out and submit your related blog posts.

Over the next few days or weeks, there will be a couple of posts from some of the authors on The Writers’ Block, those that had some time to make “faretheewellfornow” entries. Make sure to browse around and check out the web pages and personal blogs of the writers.


May 10, 2008

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2008 seems to be the year of saying goodbye.

This Sunday, our church held a farewell party for my family. We had already moved all our stuff to Madison, so all that was left was the celebrating. It was good to hang out with friends, barbecue, sit and talk. But it wasn’t until some friends of ours we haven’t seen for a while showed up, that it really hit home for me–we are saying goodbye.

It’s not like I won’t see these people again. But give it a year or so. Occasionally, we’ll show up out of the blue, talk about old times, marvel at how tall our kids are getting. But our own lives have gone off on a tangent. Soon, we’ll slowly fade out of people lives, relegated to yearly Christmas card updates. Or for the more net-inclined, brief messages on Facebook.

I’ve been saying goodbye for a good portion of 2008. Goodbye to Chicago, goodbye to my old familiar life, goodbye to my stay-at-home mother status, since I’ll be starting a part-time job in Madison. So it’s a bit of a bummer to also say goodbye to The Writer’s Block.

I first stumbled across this blog with the interview of Ellen Datlow. I was quite impressed with the diversity of writers, so I was quite thrilled when I was allowed to join. Even though I have yet to published my first book, I considered it a privilege to write alongside published authors, who still had trials and tribulations like my own. I felt honored to be a part of that. Still do.

But you know what? It’s not like it’s all coming to an end. It simply means that it’s time to do something new.

As I’m typing this out in our new apartment, a chipmunk dances across our patio. I’ve never been this close to such a tiny creature before. There weren’t many chipmunks where I lived in Chicago. We had Canadian geese–lots of lots of honking, squawking, hissing geese. Chipmunks are so much cuter. Just the other day, I found this awesome teahouse that has free wifi. And my son got to visit his very first preschool, something he didn’t have in Chicago. He’s excited. I’m excited. It’s going to be an adventure for the both of us.

Thank you, Nancy, for all that you’ve done in getting the Writer’s Block together. And to all my fellow writers, thank you for inspiring me and all the readers of this blog. May all your ventures work out, and may you gain lots and lots of readers.

If you want to keep up with me and my latest work, you can visit me at the Cafe in the Woods. It’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It’s always peaceful at the Cafe.

I think I’m done saying goodbye. I’m ready to say some hellos. But I have to end this post somehow, so I’ll end it the way my father always ends his speeches.


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I want to take this opportunity to thank Nancy Greene for dedicating her valuable time to help us with this blog, The Writers’ Block, as a way to connect to our readers. It has been a rewarding experience and I look forward to work with her again.

As a nonfiction author I get to speak and write about inspirational themes that helps me explore my physical, emotional and spiritual nature. Many of my readers identify with my themes, I believe they are universal and I welcome everyone to contribute to my entries. I want to thank all my readers for faithfully reading my Official Blog which will continue to be updated almost daily and I’ll look forward to read your comments.

At this moment I’m revising my next book which I hope to release this year, please visit my site and blog to find out about the date. Don’t miss the opportunity to participate on my regularly host contests and giveaways!!

Wishing Nancy and all the authors here the best of success!


Clary Lopez, author
Simplicity, Richness of Life

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CONTACT: Eric D. Goodman, Public Relations Director

DATE: May 6, 2008

EMAIL: writeful.press@gmail.com

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It’s finally transcribed. Last month I interviewed Mr. Monteleone for the Maryland Writers’ Association’s 20th Anniversary Conference (which is this Saturday. There’s still time to register, and walk-ins are fine too). Tom is the Keynote Speaker for the conference, and he took some time out of his schedule to do this interview to promote the event. There’s a lot of great info, and I hope you find the interview as informative and fun as I do.
Borderlands Press


1‭) ‬What was it like when you published your first book and how has the industry changed since then in terms of how authors are getting their books sold,‭ ‬both to publishers and to audiences‭?

TFM:‭ ‬You know,‭ ‬it’s a shame because it really has changed,‭ ‬and I think the industry has changed drastically.‭ ‬I’ve seen the marketplace go through some unbelievable changes.‭ ‬I started out writing short stories‭; ‬I think I published 20 to 25 stories in science fiction magazines in the early‭ ‘‬70s.‭ ‬One year I was at this convention,‭ ‬and I met this young agent who was looking for new writers,‭ ‬young writers,‭ ‬and he said,‭ “‬Have you written any novels yet‭?” ‬and I told him no.‭ ‬I couldn’t even imagine writing something that long.‭ ‬At that point 40 pages was‭ “‬wow‭!” ‬So he told me that he could get me some contracts with publishers that were looking for new writers.‭ ‬He said,‭ “‬If you can put in a proposal and learn how to write a novel while you go along,‭ ‬I’ll pay you for it.‭”

So long story short,‭ ‬the first few novels I did were paperback originals.‭ ‬I think I got‭ $‬1500,‭ $‬2500,‭ ‬which back then wasn’t good money but it wasn’t terrible.‭ ‬And back then‭ (‬this will show you how the industry’s changed‭) ‬back then if you wrote mystery novels,‭ ‬the hardcore fans would go to the bookstores, and whatever new mysteries were out the fans would buy them because the books were paperbacks and they were 35,‭ 40‬ cents,‭ ‬whatever they were.‭ ‬And this hardcore audience bought paperback original novels like crazy.‭

Whatever you were writing at that time,‭ ‬if you wrote mysteries or romance or Gothic or spy novels—whatever you wrote—the publisher knew there was a hardcore audience that,‭ ‬say,‭ ‬if he published a spy novel,‭ ‬he knew he was going to sell‭ ‬50,000‭ ‬copies of it,‭ ‬and that’s if it was by nobody they’d ever heard of.‭ ‬If it was by somebody known,‭ ‬it was going to sell a million.‭ ‬There was an audience for all this stuff.

Do you know what the midlist is‭?

NG:‭ ‬Yeah.

TFM:‭ ‬The midlist was very good back then,‭ ‬and you could make a living selling one paperback original novel a year,‭ ‬for $25,000 or $30,000 and another $15,000 in royalties.‭ ‬And you could make a living doing that.

The midlist is kind of fading away now‭; ‬a publisher’s thinking today is to either buy blockbusters where they try to knock it out of the park and do a movie and a DVD and a video game and a whole business,‭ ‬or they buy first novels from people for practically nothing.‭ ‬But people aren’t reading the midlist authors like they used to.‭ ‬And then the genres,‭ ‬science fiction and horror and thrillers and mysteries and all of those,‭ ‬half of that readership plays video games.‭ ‬Instead of reading about a pilot of a spaceship hunting a monster,‭ ‬or a spy thriller,‭ ‬they just get into the game and be the character.‭ ‬And that’s really hurt book sales.‭

So I’ve seen a really vibrant paperback original industry almost disappear.‭ ‬And one of the problems is—what I didn’t know getting into this—is that if you wrote paperback originals,‭ ‬you didn’t get reviewed in the newspapers,‭ ‬or the trade publications,‭ ‬or the library journals,‭ ‬none of them.‭ ‬So it was much harder to build an audience.‭ ‬So it took me a while‭; ‬I started selling in hardback in the‭ ‘‬80s and that really helped.‭

But then Stephen King came along and started selling horror novels for a hundred million dollars,‭ ‬and that cranked up the paperback original market again.‭ ‬So in the mid ’80s if you were writing a horror novel you could get $30,000,‭ $40,000‬ for it and it would go to the news-stands and sell like crazy if it looked like a Stephen King novel.‭

So I stopped writing hardcovers for about five or six years and went back to writing paperback originals again,‭ ‬and,‭ ‬you know,‭ ‬you lose your audience that way.‭ ‬You lose your reviewers,‭ ‬you lose everything.‭

It’s a very strange industry, and I’ve seen it go through all sorts or permutations in the‭ ‬30‭ ‬years I’ve been writing,‭ ‬and I don’t know if I want my kids getting into it‭!

NG:‭ ‬You want a secure future for your children.

TFM:‭ ‬Yeah,‭ ‬exactly.‭ ‬I’ve been in it all my life,‭ ‬it’s all I know.‭ ‬I’ve never really had a‭ “‬grown-up‭” ‬job—writing is what I do,‭ ‬it’s who I am,‭ ‬and I can’t do anything else at this point.‭

2‭) ‬You discovered a horror comic when you were a kid,‭ ‬and it sparked your interest in the macabre‭; ‬your father also shared the interest in speculative fiction.‭ ‬How did that help to develop your talent as a young writer‭? ‬What advice do you have for young writers that encounter opposition to their interest in speculative fiction,‭ ‬especially dark fiction‭?

TFM:‭ ‬Can I ask,‭ ‬where did you get that stuff from‭?

NG:‭ ‬I just read up on some interviews and stuff on the Internet.‭ ‬I wanted to make sure I wasn’t repeating too many questions.

TFM:‭ ‬These are good questions,‭ ‬good job,‭ ‬I’m very impressed.

NG:‭ ‬Thank you.

TFM:‭ ‬One of the things my father did for me was buy comics for me as a kid.‭ ‬This was back when I was 10 and there were only three channels on the TV‭; ‬you couldn’t throw in a DVD anytime you felt like it.‭ ‬Reading was a much bigger avenue,‭ ‬like comic books for younger kids.‭ ‬There was a lot of strange,‭ ‬interesting stuff out there.‭

My father was into that stuff too,‭ ‬and he had read pulp in the earlier generation,‭ ‬pulp magazines in the‭ ‘‬30s and‭ ‘‬40s,‭ ‬and he liked watching strange movies and he used to take me to horror films all the time.‭ ‬That really helped build my sense of wonder,‭ ‬sense of curiosity about the world.‭

I think if you want to write fiction,‭ ‬whatever it is—romance,‭ ‬mysteries,‭ ‬fantasies,‭ ‬spy thrillers,‭ ‬family sagas,‭ ‬whatever—you have to have this imaginative view of the world.‭ ‬You have to look at everything you see and ask questions about things,‭ ‬wonder where they came from.‭ ‬Ask questions about what it would be like if it was different.‭ ‬All the things writers learn to do unconsciously,‭ ‬we did when we were kids,‭ ‬looking at the world like,‭ “‬Gosh,‭ ‬gee,‭ ‬wow,‭ ‬what the heck is that‭?” ‬And I think we should keep that.‭ ‬The secret to being creative,‭ ‬and not just writing—music,‭ ‬dance,‭ ‬theater,‭ ‬painting too—is that you wonder about the world,‭ ‬what’s going on,‭ ‬how things tick,‭ ‬and what would happen if things changed a little bit or if they changed a lot.‭ ‬Always ask yourself questions.

I went to Jesuit high school at Baltimore Loyola,‭ ‬and I had some really good teachers that really challenged the way you think and the way you look at the world philosophically.‭ ‬One teacher told me that one thing you can always do is ask the next question‭; ‬don’t ever take any particular answer for your final answer.‭ ‬And that was a really amazing thing for me.‭ ‬I never forgot it.‭ ‬It allows the writer to trust his instincts when he’s telling a story.

I hope that makes sense.

NG:‭ ‬It does.‭ ‬I remember in high school some of the teachers that encouraged me,‭ ‬and it really does make a difference at that age.‭

TFM:Yeah,‭ ‬it makes the difference between somebody telling you‭ “‬are you crazy‭; ‬you’re just a dreamer,‭ ‬get your head out of the clouds,‭ ‬go get a real job.‭” ‬And I had people tell me that as I was moving along.‭ ‬It’s really funny.‭ ‬It’s like when you quit smoking and all of your friends are still smoking.‭ ‬They’re glad you quit,‭ ‬but they’re pissed off because they’re still smoking.‭ ‬It’s like,‭ ‬yeah,‭ ‬they’re glad you sold a short story to Playboy for‭ ‬$3000,‭ ‬but they’re pissed off because you’re accomplishing things that they’re not.

So there’s always that.‭ ‬You’re always going to have people that are going to tell you to forget about your dreams.‭ ‬But you have to know what you want to do and do it.‭ ‬If you want to be a writer,‭ ‬ask questions.

I was the first one in my family to go to college.‭ ‬My grandfather came over here from Sicily when he was 15,‭ ‬and he had a bakery in New York,‭ ‬but he didn’t go to college,‭ ‬none of his kids went to college‭; ‬I was one of the first kids born after WWII to go to college.‭ ‬So that was a big deal.‭ ‬I came from one of those families.

NG:‭ ‬You worked hard and found what it was you wanted to do.

TFM:‭ ‬Yeah,‭ my father‬ worked Bethlehem Steel in a shipyard for 30 years.

NG:‭ ‬Wow.‭ ‬Very cool.

3‭) ‬Borderlands has a boot camp for writers of dark fiction.‭ ‬You and your wife,‭ ‬Elizabeth,‭ ‬decided to start it after getting many submissions that needed some work.‭ ‬How was the camp received when it first started,‭ ‬and how has it evolved over the years‭? ‬Also,‭ ‬you just had one this past winter‭; ‬how did that go.

TFM:‭ ‬We just had our most recent boot camp,‭ ‬which was one of our most successful,‭ ‬I think.‭ ‬The way we do it is we have people send in samples,‭ ‬and we advertise the boot camp.‭

We try to bring out all the things that go into life,‭ ‬that separate good writing from bad writing.‭ ‬And one of the things Elizabeth and I try to do is find 20 writers of all about the same level and skill of accomplishment.‭ ‬You’re never going to see already hugely successful writers there‭; ‬if someone sends me something that’s so brilliantly done,‭ ‬what’s the point‭? ‬Or if someone sends me something that’s so‭ ‬.‭ ‬.‭ ‬.

NG:‭ ‬Bad‭?

TFM:‭ ‬Not bad,‭ ‬necessarily,‭ ‬but something that’s at a very,‭ ‬very beginning novice level,‭ ‬where they’re at the point where they barely understand subtext or dialog or what it is or how you even format it,‭ ‬then they’re going to get overwhelmed in the boot camp.‭ ‬So we don’t want someone that’s so behind the curve that they’re going to get pulverized by the level of criticism.‭ ‬We try to find writers that are in that mid-level,‭ ‬where the have skill but maybe haven’t polished their ability yet or they have gaps in their understanding.

And what happens is they come in on Friday‭ ‬and we do a panel discussion and pre-planned exercises.‭ ‬The heavy day is Saturday, where we workshop from about‭ ‬8am to‭ ‬2am.‭ ‬We really beat them up.‭ ‬The re-worked pieces submitted on Sunday are so vastly improved from what they originally submitted,‭ ‬it’s like sorcery.‭ ‬It’s like,‭ “‬How the hell did that happen‭?” ‬They really do learn,‭ ‬and they really are fun to watch because they want to absorb that information.‭ ‬They’ve never had feedback or interacted with other writers like that before.

Every boot camp we’ve done—it’s been going on for four years now,‭ ‬about twice a year—we’ll do a short fiction and novel workshop.‭ ‬And people get together and trade e-mails back and forth,‭ ‬critique back and forth,‭ ‬and a little support group forms.‭ ‬Isn’t that cool‭?

NG:‭ ‬Yeah,‭ ‬it is.

TFM: It really works.‭ ‬Out of‭ ‬140‭ ‬or so writers that have come through our program,‭ ‬I’d say we’ve had‭ ‬15%‭ ‬or‭ ‬20%‭ ‬or so that have gone on to become professional writers.

We didn’t always have this process all figured out‭; ‬we just kind of stumbled along and through trial and error figured out what works and what doesn’t.‭ ‬And we get great writers to come in as instructors.‭ ‬We’ve had David Morrell several times,‭ ‬the guy that did First Blood.‭ ‬We’ve had Peter Straub,‭ ‬F.‭ ‬Paul Wilson,‭ ‬Jack Ketchum‭; ‬we’ve had really good writers come in.‭ ‬And the participants really want to say,‭ “‬Hey,‭ ‬I hung out with Jack Ketchum this weekend.‭”

We have to have people send in writing samples so that we can get a gauge as to where they are.‭ ‬And it’s not cheap‭ [‬the boot camp‭] ‬because we have to‭ ‬pay a premium for insurance,‭ ‬and we have to pay our instructors.‭ ‬But it’s a good program.

NG:‭ ‬It sounds very rewarding.

TFM:‭ ‬It is,‭ ‬it’s a challenge.‭ ‬It’s a good program‭; ‬we like to spread the word about it and make sure people get what they pay for.‭ ‬People can apply at www.borderlandspress.com

4‭) ‬You’re the keynote speaker for the Maryland Writers‭’ ‬Association‭ ‬20th Anniversary Conference.‭ ‬How do you prepare for such events‭?

TFM:‭ ‬I’ve done a lot of public speaking and public readings,‭ ‬and I know this is going to sound ridiculous,‭ ‬but I do very little preparation beforehand.‭ ‬I basically write a few points on a card,‭ ‬then go up there and try to keep it like we’re on the front porch kicking stuff around.‭ ‬I can’t stand these canned speeches where these people read off of note cards and sound like someone stuck a broomstick up their butt.‭ ‬Or,‭ ‬worse,‭ ‬that they just read their speech.‭ ‬I can’t stand that.‭ ‬And I’ve found over time that I know so much crap about what I do,‭ ‬I can just turn it on and off.‭ ‬My wife has heard all this stuff a thousand times,‭ ‬and she says,‭ “‬Don’t bore them,‭” ‬or‭ “‬Don’t forget you’re not funny.‭” ‬And I’m okay with that,‭ ‬she’s heard it a bunch of times.‭ ‬I like to keep it informal,‭ ‬and open it up with questions.‭ ‬The worst thing you can do is come up there with this prepackaged thing that just lays an egg.‭

I don’t like to prepare.‭ ‬I have a lot of confidence in my ability to just get up there and wing it,‭ ‬so that’s pretty much what‭ ‘‬m going to be doing.‭ ‬Are you going‭?

NG:‭ ‬I’m thinking about volunteering so that I can go.

TFM: Have you written a lot yourself‭?

NG:‭ ‬Yeah,‭ ‬but I still feel I have a lot to learn.

TFM: Well,‭ ‬you know what,‭ ‬so do I.‭ ‬Don’t kid yourself.‭ ‬I’m not sitting here like I’m rolling knowledge down the slopes of Mount Olympus here.‭ ‬Every day I’m learning new stuff.

One of the things I tell new writers is that once you become a writer,‭ ‬once you learn what good writing is,‭ ‬you’ll never just read for pleasure again.‭ ‬Anytime you read something that really works,‭ ‬you’re going to re-read and deconstruct and try to figure out what that writer did and why it works.

NG:‭ ‬That’s so true.‭ ‬I find myself wondering why a writer used a certain word,‭ ‬or why they choose to write a sentence a certain way.

TFM:‭ ‬It’s an amazing process,‭ ‬the learning never stops.‭ ‬Once you get your own style,‭ ‬you don’t worry about the mechanics like you used to,‭ ‬but you have to continue learning.‭ ‬You have to always be willing to learn a new trick.

5‭) ‬This also goes with the previous question.‭ ‬What was it like the first time you were asked to speak at an event‭?

TFM:‭ ‬Oh,‭ ‬God,‭ ‬I’ll never forget it.‭ ‬When I was going to grad school at the University of Maryland, I was living in a little town called Greenbelt,‭ ‬which is just outside of Maryland.‭ ‬I was at the library—they had a little library—and I was in there one afternoon doing research for a story.‭ ‬You know,‭ ‬I wasn’t one of those guys that went around telling everyone that I was an author or any of that crap.‭ ‬I was selling short stories to little digests and science fiction magazines.‭ ‬But the librarian asked me if I was a writer and then asked me to come in for the monthly talk,‭ ‬the book group they had.‭

Anyway,‭ ‬there was one older guy in the audience,‭ ‬this really cranky character‭; ‬he was apparently there to take issue with whatever I said.‭ ‬He really tried to make it difficult.‭ ‬And I’m an Italian guy‭; ‬when I was younger,‭ ‬I had a chip on my shoulder all the time—don’t mess with me.‭ ‬That was my attitude.‭ ‬I was always the skinny kid,‭ ‬the small kid,‭ ‬people always wrote me off.‭

So I’m trying to give this nice talk in this small town library,‭ ‬and this guy’s messing with me.‭ ‬So I had it out with him,‭ ‬right there.‭ ‬Not physically,‭ ‬but I called him out and said,‭ “‬Hey,‭ ‬what the hell is your problem‭? ‬You want to mess around with me‭? ‬You want to get up here and do this‭? ‬I’ll sit in the audience while you get up here and talk.‭”

So the whole thing was a disaster.‭ ‬I was 25-years-old at the time,‭ ‬and people were like,‭ “‬Who is this crazy kid‭?” ‬So my first speaking engagement was not great.‭ ‬It wasn’t like I went in and I was nervous and all that.‭ ‬I just figured I’d go in and tell them how I got started,‭ ‬here’s what I did—I beat my brains in for three years.‭ ‬I sent out stories to like 35,‭ 40‬ different magazines.‭ ‬I got 231 rejections before I sold my first story—and,‭ ‬yes,‭ ‬I did count them—I sold my first story for‭ ‬$30‭ ‬at a penny a word.‭ ‬Back then there was no e-mail.‭ ‬You put stamps on an envelope and mailed out your manuscript.‭ ‬And you kept doing it until someone noticed.‭ ‬And that was the message I tried to tell to 11 people at the library that day.‭ ‬The 12th didn’t give a shit.‭

NG:‭ ‬Well,‭ ‬I guess the heckler did learn something that day.

TFM: Yeah,‭ ‬don’t mess with Tom.

6‭) ‬Having been in the business for so long,‭ ‬what are some common mistakes that you see new authors making‭?

TFM:‭ ‬I think it depends on the stage in the career‭; ‬we make mistakes all the way through,‭ ‬just different mistakes.‭ ‬When writers are first getting started,‭ ‬the initial assumption is that’s it’s pretty easy.‭ ‬And this has happened more recently with online places like blogs.

Every once in a while,‭ ‬Elizabeth and I will get stories with cover letters that will say something like,‭ “‬Hello,‭ ‬my name is Mickey.‭ ‬I’ve sold‭ ‬183‭ ‬stories,‭ ‬and I hope you like this one.‭” ‬And I think,‭ ‬183‭ ‬stories‭? ‬Where the hell has he published‭ ‬183‭ ‬stories‭? ‬First of all,‭ ‬I’ve never heard of this guy.‭ ‬I’ve been writing short fiction for 30 years and I’ve published maybe a hundred.‭ ‬But they’re all real‭! ‬They’re in magazines and anthologies.‭ ‬So I’ll look these people up and see that they’re publishing on blogs or in online magazines that three people click on.‭ ‬And it’s sad.‭ ‬It’s a big mistake that writers are still making.‭ ‬They’re taking any phantom acceptance for validation of their professional status.‭ ‬They’re not learning anything when they do that.‭

I can’t tell you how many times people come into the workshop and get surprised by the criticism.‭ ‬And they can’t believe it.‭ ‬They’ll say,‭ “‬But this was accepted by‭ ‬Dark Intestines Magazine on the web and the editor said it was great.‭”

The other error that writers make,‭ ‬as they get more into it,‭ ‬is that they get discouraged because they don’t realize that rejection and criticism are part of the process of becoming a writer.‭ ‬And they get to a point where they just can’t take it anymore.‭

Or they think they’ve paid their dues and are beyond criticism.‭ ‬Once you start believing your own press clippings,‭ ‬that’s dangerous,‭ ‬because then you start to alienate other writers,‭ ‬editors,‭ ‬and publishers you work with,‭ ‬and that’s bad.‭ ‬I’ve gotten submissions where they’ll say they won’t accept anything less than 12 cents a word.‭ ‬Well,‭ ‬good for you.

NG:‭ ‬Bye‭!

TFM:‭ ‬Yeah,‭ ‬let me deal with that.‭ ‬That’s my decision,‭ ‬not yours.‭ ‬Let me read it,‭ ‬tell you what I’m paying.‭ ‬Then you decide if that’s something you want to accept or not.‭ ‬Don’t come in the door telling me what I have to pay you.‭ ‬That’s ridiculous.

NG:‭ ‬I think the publishing industry tends to be more forgiving to writers if they can learn from their mistakes.

TFM:‭ ‬Absolutely.‭ ‬One thing writers have to remember is that the more persistent they are,‭ ‬the more editors and publishers remember them.‭ ‬If a writer keeps sending stories in,‭ ‬after a while you start to remember their name.‭ ‬What happens—and I’ve talked to plenty of editors that say the same thing—you start to pull for these people.‭ ‬You want them do well,‭ ‬because you want to see that kind of persistence rewarded.

NG:‭ ‬This is getting a little off of the interview,‭ ‬but I was reading something a little while ago about people sending back rude e-mails to a standard rejection,‭ ‬and that always surprises me.

TFM:‭ ‬You mean they get pissed off because they get rejected‭?

NG:‭ ‬Yeah,‭ ‬like,‭ “‬Oh,‭ ‬what the f‭— ‬do you know,‭ ‬f‭— ‬you,‭ ‬man.‭”

TFM:‭ ‬Wow,‭ ‬not only is that counterproductive,‭ ‬it cements the fact that you’ll never get published by that particular magazine.

Every once in a while we’ll have proven pros submit,‭ ‬that have sold lots of stories and published novels,‭ ‬and they just assume that because of who they are you’re going to buy it.‭ ‬We’ve rejected stories from seasoned pros, and some will take it the right way,‭ ‬say,‭ “‬Eh,‭ ‬it’s all right,‭ ‬way it goes,‭” ‬and other ones will get unbelievably pissy.‭ ‬Wow,‭ ‬get some decorum.‭ ‬You’re supposed to be a pro,‭ ‬take it like a pro.

7‭) ‬You’ve mentioned before that it seems that horror is losing its fan base in the mainstream markets.‭ ‬Besides writing good stories,‭ ‬what do you think writers can do to turn the tide‭? ‬What are you seeing in the speculative fiction field that gives you some hope for future generations of horror writers‭?

TFM:‭ ‬It’s funny that you narrowed it down that way.‭ ‬I do think that of all of the genres,‭ ‬the Gothic has roots,‭ ‬and horror as well,‭ ‬in the beginnings of American literature—Poe,‭ ‬Hawthorn,‭ ‬people like that.‭ ‬I don’t think that horror will go away.‭ ‬People are constantly concerned with fear—fear of the unknown,‭ ‬fear of death,‭ ‬what’s beyond the closed door—these are almost animistic parts of us.‭ ‬That’s always going to be viable.‭

It’s‭ [‬horror‭] ‬just going to ride the roller coaster of what’s in and what’s not.‭ ‬And I think with most writers that achieve a certain status,‭ ‬the audience gets pissed off because they’re not doing the same thing.‭ ‬It’s like with bands—fans go to the concerts to see their favorite songs performed and start to get peeved when the band does their new stuff.‭

But I don’t think you can predict what’s going to sell.‭ ‬You have to write what you like,‭ ‬write what works for you,‭ ‬and believe you’re going to find your audience.‭ ‬If you try to tailor it to the market,‭ ‬you’re not going to be happy.‭ ‬You’ll end up writing dead prose that’s not coming from inside you.

NG:‭ ‬Right.‭ ‬By the time you finish it and get it out there,‭ ‬the tide will already have changed.

TFM:‭ ‬Yeah,‭ ‬you have to write what you like and hope you’re in a commercial literary movement.‭ ‬That’s how it happens.‭ ‬It’s not a science‭; ‬it’s the difference between art and science.

8‭) ‬For those that are unfamiliar with your work,‭ ‬what can they expect when they pick up one of your story collections or novels‭?

I think I write differently in the short form than in the long form.‭ ‬In short form I lean more towards less controlled language,‭ ‬more imagery and symbolism.‭ ‬Maybe surreal and odd.‭ ‬I’m not a literary writer,‭ ‬I’m a storyteller.‭ ‬I think that no matter what I’m writing.

I know that if I was born a thousand years ago, I’d be the guy running around the castle all the time,‭ ‬in that funny little hat with a puppet on a stick.‭ ‬That’d be my job.‭ ‬And I’d be okay with that.‭ ‬So that’s my first priority,‭ ‬to entertain.

With novels,‭ ‬I try to write a lean,‭ ‬mean story-oriented plot.‭ ‬I try to set up psychological characters that get mixed up in situations,‭ ‬and see where they take the story.‭ ‬I try to write cinematically—change point of view,‭ ‬change scenes,‭ ‬experiment with the narrative thread–to make the reader piece together what I leave out.‭ It’s like that old‬ cliche,‭ that‬ old trick used to keep th reader turning the page.‭ ‬They never know what’s coming next.‭

I always know how I want a novel to end,‭ ‬and I set up the beginning.‭ ‬Part of the fun for me is seeing how it’s going to get to the end.‭ ‬But with short stories,‭ ‬I never know where it’s going to go.‭ ‬I start with an idea,‭ ‬or question,‭ ‬and then I just let it go.‭ ‬Sometimes it doesn’t work,‭ ‬sometimes it takes me places I‭ ‬never thought I was going to go.

9‭) ‬Do you write every day‭?

TFM:‭ ‬Yes.‭ ‬If you don’t do that,‭ ‬you’re crazy.‭ ‬It has to be part of your everyday routine,‭ ‬like kissing your wife or eating food or whatever.‭ ‬I tell people the secret to this is to do three pages a day.‭ ‬Take time off on the weekend for good behavior,‭ ‬to do your chores,‭ ‬go to your kids‭’ ‬little league games.‭

That’s‭ ‬15‭ ‬pages a week,‭ ‬60‭ ‬pages a month.‭ ‬If you do that for six months,‭ ‬you have about a‭ ‬360‭ ‬page novel.‭ ‬It’s very simple.‭ ‬Three freakin‭’ ‬pages,‭ ‬that’s all I ever try to do.

Sometimes I do less,‭ ‬sometimes I do more,‭ ‬but I always shoot for three pages.‭ ‬If you don’t write every day you’re just playing around.

I lived up in New Hampshire for a while,‭ ‬my wife and I lived up there with our daughter,‭ ‬and we had a good time.‭ ‬But it was cold and when it came time for high school,‭ ‬we couldn’t find a good Catholic school for her,‭ ‬so we came back here.‭

I had a bunch of buddies there that worked at one of the universities there,‭ ‬and every once in a while I’d meet people in their English department,‭ ‬and they were writing a novel for seven years.‭ “‬Oh,‭ ‬yes,‭ ‬I’ve been working on a novel,‭ ‬bup-bup-bup.‭” ‬What a load of crap.‭ ‬What are you talking about‭? ‬Seven years‭? ‬These are the kind of guys that say,‭ “‬If I can write one sentence a day,‭ ‬I feel like I’ve done a day’s work.‭” ‬What‭? ‬No,‭ ‬you’ve just been crapping around.

When I was younger,‭ ‬those were the kinds of guys I ways wanted to pop.‭ ‬My wife has talked me down from that over the years.‭ ‬But what a joke.‭ ‬One sentence a day.

NG:‭ ‬One sentence‭; ‬everything they touch is gold.

TFM:‭ ‬I can’t stand that.‭ ‬Three pages a day.‭ ‬Grind it out,‭ ‬do your work.‭ ‬Even if you have a regular job.‭

Over the years I’ve known a lot of people that write for journals and newspapers but want to write novels.‭ ‬The problem with that is that they’re writing stuff all day,‭ ‬stuff they don’t like.‭ ‬And when they get home,‭ ‬they don’t want to write.‭ ‬I tell them to go get a job doing something else,‭ ‬get your mind off that writing so you can do the writing you want to do.

10‭) ‬You’ve also written screenplays.‭ ‬How do you think the process is different for writing screenplays verses novels or short stories‭?

TFM:‭ ‬One big difference is I get paid for my novels.‭ ‬I’ve written like 14 screenplays,‭ ‬and I got paid for a few of them,‭ ‬but they weren’t produced.‭ However, ‬I’ve had three or four television episodes produced.

The film industry is a different creature.‭ ‬It makes publishing look like a tea-and-crumpets party.‭ ‬It took me years to realize that it’s just a different planet.‭ ‬But I liked the process of learning how to write screenplays.‭ ‬It’s very different.‭ ‬It’s dialog oriented.‭ ‬The three-act structure—first act you expose the problem,‭ ‬second act you complicate the problem,‭ ‬third act you solve the problem.‭ ‬It’s good training.‭ ‬It doesn’t hurt anything to buy a few books and learn how to do it.

The problem with the industry is they look at writers like a necessary evil.‭ ‬They don’t want you around.‭ ‬And it’s a tradition that goes back to the old studio days when writers used to be staff.‭ ‬They had the writers come in for the day and write whatever they were told to write.‭ ‬Write a‭ ‬15‭ ‬minute comedy for Buster Keaton.‭ ‬Write me a PSA for bike safety.‭ ‬Write me whatever.‭ ‬And they were just looked upon as hired hands,‭ ‬like the guy that cut the hedges.‭ ‬And that attitude has persisted.‭

NG:‭ ‬Yeah,‭ ‬I went to film school.‭

TFM:‭ ‬Oh,‭ ‬you did‭? ‬East Coast or West Coast‭?

NG:‭ ‬West Coast.

TFM: So you know what I’m talking about.

NG:‭ ‬I remember‭; ‬it’s totally different.

TFM:‭ ‬They drove me crazy.‭ ‬I used to go out there—I have a TV agent—and every once in a while they would drag me out there to pitch something.‭ ‬I actually sold a television series to Columbia Tri-Star about seven or eight years ago,‭ ‬and CBS was partnering with it.‭ ‬And I wanted to write the pilot.‭ ‬Well,‭ ‬they weren’t having anything to do with that.‭ ‬CBS said,‭ “‬Oh,‭ ‬no,‭ ‬we have our own writers.‭” ‬So they brought in these writers that trashed the pilot so terribly that Columbia Tri-Star backed out.‭ ‬I got to keep the money.‭ ‬But they don’t trust writers.‭ ‬If you can write a novel,‭ ‬they look at you like you’re a freak.

I sold screenplays that never got produced.‭ ‬And I’ve had them buy my books and have other people write screenplays that were almost unrecognizable.‭ ‬I said to one producer,‭ “‬Why did you spend all that money to buy my book‭? ‬It’s not even the same story.‭ ‬You changed only everything.‭ ‬If I saw this movie,‭ ‬I would never say,‭ ‘‬Hey,‭ ‬you stole my book.‭’ ‬It’s not even the same story.‭”

It’s a different reality.‭ ‬If someone asked me,‭ “‬Would you write a screenplay on spec‭?” ‬my first tendency is to say no.‭ ‬And then I say,‭ ‬well,‭ ‬give me some gross points or something.‭ ‬Because they all want to talk net.

NG:‭ ‬Oh,‭ ‬yeah,‭ ‬yeah.‭ “N‬et.‭”

TFM:‭ ‬Net is just Hollywoodese for‭ “‬hide the money.‭”

NG:‭ ‬That money you were expecting‭? ‬Sorry.

TFM:‭ ‬The only net in Hollywood is the one they throw over you as they run away.‭ ‬But I continue to be seduced by Hollywood.

NG:‭ ‬It does have that quality.‭ ‬When I got into school,‭ ‬I was majoring in English.‭ ‬And by the end of my junior or senior year I was majoring in Cinema.

TFM:‭ ‬Are you a West Coast person‭?

NG:‭ ‬No,‭ ‬I was raised pretty much East Coast,‭ ‬though I’ve lived all over.

TFM:‭ ‬Are you a Balimore girl‭?

NG:‭ ‬I consider myself sort of one now,‭ ‬I guess;‭ ‬I’ve lived here for a while.‭ ‬The thing with the West Coast is it never felt entirely real,‭ ‬it felt like an office.

TFM:‭ ‬I totally agree.‭ ‬Especially in LA,‭ ‬there’s this‭ ‬über-culture of people making obscene amounts of money.‭ ‬They kind of wade through the regular people,‭ ‬and they look at everybody as if they’re only half there.‭ ‬But it would be like us living in a town where you buy a car for‭ ‬$180,‭ ‬or you go eat for 25 cents a night.‭ ‬They make so much money,‭ ‬prices don’t mean anything.

I was out there with a buddy of mine,‭ ‬an actor,‭ ‬and he was making a lot of money.‭ ‬So he wanted to go play golf,‭ ‬and it was‭ ‬$600‭ ‬a round.‭ ‬Are you crazy‭? ‬I lived in New Hampshire and paid‭ ‬$500‭ ‬a year to play golf.‭ ‬But they don’t even realize it.

Okay,‭ ‬I have to stop ranting.

11‭) ‬What other projects are you working on now‭?

TFM:‭ ‬I’m finishing a YA novel.‭ ‬I have about‭ ‬50‭ ‬pages left.‭ ‬Then I’ve got another novel,‭ ‬a‭ ‬600‭ ‬page thriller I’m working on.‭ ‬It alternates between the present and WWII.‭ ‬A historical thriller.‭ ‬It took a lot of research,‭ ‬and I had to do a couple of books in-between,‭ ‬so it’s taken me about two years to write—which I hate.‭ ‬I’m about‭ ‬40‭ ‬pages from finishing that.

I’m also doing a ghostwriting project.‭ ‬So,‭ ‬yeah,‭ ‬I’m very busy.

12‭) ‬Any other advice for writers‭?

TFM:‭ ‬The most important thing is that no one can stop you from becoming a professional writer besides yourself.‭ ‬You have to keep going after your dream.‭ ‬It takes a lot of hard work and persistence.‭ ‬You have to believe in your ability and in your dream.
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I recently did an interview with acclaimed horror writer Thomas F. Monteleone for the upcoming Maryland Writers’ Association Conference (it’s coming soon! I have to finish transcribing it/editing it on paper), and all around awesome guy that he is, after the interview was finished he offered to send me a copy of The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association. It’s the Borderlands Press omnibus collection of his “M. A. F. I. A.” column that has appeared in various publications over the years, currently at Cemetery Dance.

He asked me to let all you readers/writers out there know that you must have this book, and, frankly, he didn’t even need to ask! YOU MUST BUY THIS BOOK. Seriously, it covers so much about the publishing industry, how it’s changed over the years, the ups and downs he and others have gone through in the writing and publishing business. It’s an entertaining and very honest look at all of it, no bs.

There’s years and years of experience in “M. A. F. I. A.” and it’s all laid out for you to read and digest. Learn from it, wince when you recognize your own missteps (I most certainly did), and take comfort in the fact that it’s all a part of the process. If you really want to know, I suggest you get a copy ASAP.

I will refrain from using the The Godfather line to persuade you 🙂 .
Buy M. A. F. I. A. at Borderlands Press
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If you visit here often you’ve probably seen the link to GoodSearch.com in the sidebar. I’ve been searching through there for a while now (it supplements my Google addiction 🙂 ) and I figured I should do a post about it.

Basically, GoodSearch allows you to raise money for non-profits by searching the Internet. It’s Yahoo-powered so you get the same results you would with Yahoo. I personally have to search a little differently with it than I do with Google, but it’s a pretty good search engine and I find that I’m using it more and more now. The also have a site, GoodShop, that allows you to do your online shopping through retailers like Amazon.com and raise money that way for non-profits. A larger % tends to go to the charity if you use GoodShop.

How it works:

You type in the name of a charity (it has to be US based, they don’t do overseas just yet) and click verify. If the group is in there, you can start searching, and $.01 goes to your organization of choice for every search you do. The money that goes to the charity comes from GoodSearch advertisers. And that’s pretty much it, but you can get a very detailed description from their website.

Here are some non-profits you can search for:

Heifer International on GoodSearch.
Their website.
(Heifer International is one of the best charitable organizations around. They help people to raise themselves out of poverty and hunger by providing livestock and education on building businesses with the tools they’re provided. Also, they have a “pass-it-along” model in which those that receive livestock give to their neighbors. For instance, if a family receives goats, they provide milk for neighbors and sell milk at the market. If a female goat gives birth, that one is given to a neighbor. They have many programs, and they’re all described fully on their site.)

Save Darfur on GoodSearch.
Their website.

From their site:

The Save Darfur Coalition was founded in 2004 when our organizational members signed a unity statement demanding peace and security for the people of Darfur. We are an alliance of over 180 faith-based, advocacy and humanitarian organizations. The Coalition’s member organizations represent 130 million people of all ages, races, religions and political affiliations united together to help the people of Darfur.

KIVA on GoodSearch.
Their website.

From their site:

How Kiva Works –
Step 1: Choose an entrepreneur
The loans on our site are always changing. They are being uploaded by our microfinance partners around the world. You can find a new loan on the home page or on the ‘Fundraising’ Loans page.

Step 2: Make a loan
When you have selected an entrepreneur, you can make a loan using your credit card (via PayPal). You can loan as little as $25 at a time. Checking out is easy and safe because of PayPal.

Step 3: Receive journals and payments
Periodically, you will hear back from the entrepreneur you sponsor. Partner representatives (often loan officers) write directly to the website to keep you informed on the progress of the entrepreneur. If you choose, you can receive these via email.

Step 4: Withdraw or re-loan
When your Kiva loan is repaid, you can choose to withdraw your funds or re-loan to a new entrepreneur.

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Welcome to the February 25, 2008 edition of writers from across the blogosphere. It’s a bit late and there are some repeats from the last carnival (due to an error with the carnival posting–I’ve kept them in so newer submissions weren’t accidently deleted), but it’s also full of new good reads as well. Enjoy!


Terry Dean presents 21 Ideas for Hot Press Releases – Part 1 posted at Integrity Business Blog by Terry Dean.

Richard Lee presents How Controversy Works posted at Richard Lee.

Rebecca Suzanne Dean presents How To Research 5 Times Faster posted at Rebecca Dean.

Sagar presents Take it Back! 100 Tips to Defeat Content Thieves posted at Virtual Hosting.

Stephen Dean presents The Mathematics Of Testing Your Sales Copy. posted at Stephen Dean’s Copywriting And Internet Advertising Blog – Copywriter.

claire presents Writing Contest | Bebo Author posted at Bebo Author, saying, “Writing Contest – free to enter, lots of great prizes. Anyone who enters, sponsors a prize or promotes this contest on their blog receives a link back.”

Bumbeak presents Tips for a new Notebook posted at Quills are Swords.

Carol Bentley presents Getting your thoughts on paper posted at Carol Bentley.

Tiffany Colter presents Lesson Learned and How I got here posted at Writing Career Coach, saying, “This blog discusses how to have success beginning from the first day of this New Year!”

Freddie L. Sirmans, Sr. presents Can The US Prevent A Starvation Crisis? posted at Can The US Prevent A Starvation Crisis.

James Lee presents The Secret Copywriting Technique That Keeps Prospects Riveted to Your Website posted at Online Business Freedom.

Carol Bentley presents How appealing are you posted at Carol Bentley.

The Countess presents Erotic Excerpt – The Party Crasher posted at The Countess.

Allen Crosse presents Three Hours Between the 34th and 35th posted at Cup o’ Poe, saying, “I wrote this when I was standing in a place that I very much didn’t want to be. Please, enjoy my pain.”

Eric Koshinsky presents ESL Writing Activities – Computer Based Editing and Correction Lessons posted at Teachers Call.

Carol Bentley presents Yesterday?s blog-post was completely off-track posted at Carol Bentley.

CG Walters presents Spirit Story…an Old Genre Reawakening posted at Into the Mist, saying, “A path of communication with the subconscious—as opposed to a communication with the conscious mind—is alive, more a communion between the personal subconscious and the Collective Consciousness, possibly awakening or speaking to the personal consciousness a little along the way.”

Tiffany Colter presents Writing Career Coach: A Pleasant surprise and How I got here Part 2 posted at Writing Career Coach, saying, “A pleasant surprise on how to have success beginning from the first day of this New Year!”

Neelakantha presents 50+ Open Courseware Writing Classes from the World’s Leading Universities – College Degree.com posted at college degree.

Steve Osborne presents “Are You Done Yet?” posted at TheWritersBag.com, saying, “Steve Osborne, author of “Writing Tips for the Real World,” is a professional freelance writer and writing instructor with over 20 years of experience.”

Ward Tipton presents Writing in Earnest | The Write Page posted at The Online Writing Resource Center, saying, “While freelance writing is great in many ways, wouldn’t it be nice to have your name on your writing and put the money it earned in your own pocket? I was finally able to get started doing this.”

Carol Bentley presents 4 easy steps to authorship. . . posted at Carol Bentley.

Steve Osborne presents The Well/Good Conundrum posted at TheWritersBag.com, saying, “Steve Osborne is a professional freelance writer and writing instructor with over 20 years experience. His blog teaches writing rules, strategies and techniques in a memorable, easy-to-understand way, spiced with a bit of humor.”

Alfa King presents Degree or experience? posted at Alfa King Memories.

Steve Osborne presents E-Mail Etiquette posted at TheWritersBag.com, saying, “Steve Osborne, author of “Writing Tips for the Real World,” is a professional freelance writer and writing instructor with over 20 years of experience.”

Sagar presents Rookie Mistakes: 15 Blunders New Freelancers Make and How to Avoid Them posted at Bootstrapper.

Alfa King presents Clarity and Brevity Make Good Blogging posted at Alfa King Memories.

Orna Ross presents Planning Your Writing posted at WRITING ADVICE & PUBLISHING ADVICE from Font, saying, “Article on the importance of planning for writers”

Jessse Hines presents The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received posted at Vigorous Writing.

Jessse Hines presents Got Writer’s Block? Just Eat that Frog. posted at Vigorous Writing.

blue skelton presents The First Junkie Ninja Monologue posted at This Wasted Monologue, saying, “Scene: Present Day, Hospital Waiting Room – Blue Skelton is reflecting on the imminent birth of his first child.”

ScottG presents Notebook on a Passion: The Writer Begins with the Begiining posted at Notebook on a Passion, saying, “Writers write to influence their readers, their preachers, their auditors, but always, at bottom, to be more themselves.
–Aldous Huxley”

Steve Osborne presents First Things First posted at TheWritersBag.com, saying, “Steve Osborne, author of “Writing Tips for the Real World,” is a professional freelance writer and writing instructor with over 20 years of experience.”

Thursday Bram presents What If? Emergency Planning for Your Writing posted at thursdaybram.com.

GrrlScientist presents Bridge To Opportunity (Reprise) posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “This is just a story about the Brooklyn Bridge, as written by a non-native NYCer; me! Includes history of the bridge and Emily Roebling’s remarkable contribution to its completion.”

Vaibhav Gadodia presents Habitually Good » Blog Archive » Writer’s block – what is that? posted at Habitually Good.

GrrlScientist presents Today’s Adventure in The Land of Medicine posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “After a day like this, I would be crazy, if I wasn’t crazy already.”

Rebecca Suzanne Dean presents How To Kick Writers? Block posted at Rebecca Dean.

Richard Lee presents How To Write Magnetic Headlines posted at Richard Lee.

Brent Diggs presents Writing Prompts for the Not-So-Prompt posted at The Ominous Comma, saying, “Humor for writers”


Marcus Hochstadt presents Why Drafting Messages Saves You Time posted at Marcus Hochstadt, saying, “Drafting messages in order to publish them at a later time is a great way to save a bunch of time. You sit down one time, focus on writing, writing, writing, and then you’re done for a couple of days or even weeks.”

Amy Munnell presents Writing Nationally… posted at 3 Questions…and Answers.


Sol Smith presents 20 Great books to get you Reading posted at How to be a Badass Dad.

ivanisko presents A Report from Budapest posted at Bookstore Guide, saying, “Our blog aims to provide a database of all the European independent bookstores selling books in English. We also publish reports from our travels and personal visits of the bookstores included in our guide.”


Michael@TSM presents Travel Writing Contest! Win $150 Cash Prize | Traveling Stories Magazine posted at Traveling Stories Magazine.

old-wizard presents Old-Wizard.com Top 100 Video Games of All Time List / Introduction posted at Old-Wizard.com.

Deborah Dera presents Have you found a niche? posted at The Rhythm of Write, saying, “Not having found a niche is not necessarily a bad thing. There’s no need to limit yourself and your writing.”

Charles H. Green presents Aristotle, Maister, and the Fat Smoker posted at Trust Matters, saying, “The old writers advice is to draw from your own experience. That’s what author David Maister did, starting with the fact that he’d been a fat smoker for almost all his life.”

Carol Bentley presents Death of the long letter posted at Carol Bentley.

Rob Moshe presents Live Your Best Life By Serving Others posted at Rob Schaumer, saying, “This is not necessarily a fitting post for your carnival. Once the project starts, each day I will recognize a fellow blogger that “Helped””

Amy Munnell presents Short Stuff…Say A Lot With A Little posted at 3 Questions…and Answers.

Amy Munnell presents 5 Steps to a Better Interview… posted at 3 Questions…and Answers.

Brandon Rike presents What To Do About BEING FUNNY, OR NOT BEING FUNNY posted at What To Do About.com.

Orna Ross presents Why F-R-E-E-Write? by Orna Ross posted at WRITING ADVICE & PUBLISHING ADVICE from Font, saying, “Scarlett Thomas tells people not to attend writing workshops or do FREE-Writing? Here’s why to ignore her”

Orna Ross presents How to Write Good Fiction: Advice from Kurt Vonnegut posted at WRITING ADVICE & PUBLISHING ADVICE from Font.

Tracy Coenen presents Sequence Inc. Fraud Files by Tracy Coenen » Blog Archive » My incredible book writing journey posted at FRAUDfiles.

Tracy Coenen presents Got the blogging blues? posted at FRAUDfiles.


JRickG presents You Are No Different than Successful People posted at $5000 and Up.

Phil B. presents Bloggers Love Giving Advice « Phil for Humanity posted at Phil for Humanity, saying, “The Internet, specifically bloggers, has started replacing self help books and television shows, just how the Internet is replacing traditional news media.”

Kenton Newby presents 10 Ways Article Writing Can Stack the Deck in Your Favor posted at KentonNewby.com.

FitBuff presents Power of the Mind – Much Stronger Than Your Biceps! posted at FitBuff.com’s Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog, saying, “If you’re a longtime FitBuff reader, you may remember I’ve personally experienced the power of mind over muscle in one of my workouts when I lifted 50 pounds with my mind!”

DotLobby presents Breaking Bad Habits – 4 Tips to Drop ‘Em All! posted at DotNLP, saying, “Luckily, there isn’t any addiction on Earth that hasn’t been beaten by someone, somewhere. You might just need a little help, so here are 4 tips to stop bad habits, and start some great ones!”

Jay Deragon presents What Do We Expect? posted at A Relationship Economy….. With WHom & What, saying, “The small could actually bury the BIG with the reach of influential conversations, one to one to a million. The power is shifting and the stakes are high. Be careful with what you expect or don’t expect from the social web.

What say you?”

Alex Hansen presents Ayreon – 01011001 posted at RockRoast, saying, “If nobody tells you what music is good and what music is bad, how will you know what you like?”


Raymond Le Blanc presents What You Should Know about Autism Spectrum Disorders posted at Raymond Le Blanc.


Ask Matt presents Using Stumbleupon To Bring Visitors to Your Blog posted at BlogTactics.com, saying, “Using Stumbleupon to bring visitors to your blog.”

Ask Matt presents Free Traffic Tactic Videos and Understanding that SEO Malarky… | iamUncovered.com posted at BlogTactics.com, saying, “Free Traffic Tactic Videos and Understanding that SEO Malarky…”

Carol Bentley presents Reasons to unsubscribe. . . posted at Carol Bentley, saying, “Reasons to unsubscribe. . .
Sometimes stopping a subscription is the right thing to do.”

HL Grove presents 4 Steps To Creating Quality Content For Your Blog posted at MoneyWeb24.

Brent Diggs presents The Blog Of State Address posted at The Ominous Comma.

Doug Green presents Running Shoe Design Sucks posted at My-Caboodle, saying, “I’m a full time Internet writer living on an island – actually two islands – one North and the other Southern – and this is my own blog-for-the-heck-of-it.”

Alexander Kohl presents Freelance Writers Wanted | Freelance Writing Career posted at Freelance Writing Career.

James Brausch presents Costa Rican Food posted at Costa Rica HQ.

book reviews

GrrlScientist presents Sixty Days And Counting posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “by Kim Stanley Robinson, is the third installment of his Eco-political thriller trilogy series about global warming.”

Thomas Sweeney presents There Will Be Blood. posted at Think Soul Matter, saying, “Film Review – There Will Be Blood.”

Brian Terry presents Why Bill Gates is unreasonable posted at Big Selling Website Design.

Shamelle presents Your Inner CEO: Unleash The Executive Within posted at Enhance Life.

GrrlScientist presents The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “the book by Helen Epstein, is a clear-eyed look at the African AIDS epidemic and the West’s often misguided attempts to assist in this battle.”

Tali presents The Rise of the Author – More than a Free Marketing Report posted at The Marketer Review, saying, “I’d love to call Mark Joyner the most revolutionary man in our industry, but he’s not just an internet marketer and hasn’t just been one for a long time.
I’d love to call Mark Joyner the most revolutionary man in our industry, but he’s not just an internet marketer and hasn’t just been one for a long time.”

Christina M. Rau presents Turning Poetry Pages posted at Livin’ The Dream (One Loser At A Time), saying, “Three books of poetry. Lots of poems to steal from.”

Raymond presents Rich Dad Poor Dad posted at Money Blue Book.


James DeLelys presents New Book/Video posted at Author James DeLelys, saying, “Video of new book!”

Amy Munnell presents Things that make you go “Hmmmm”….. posted at 3 Questions…and Answers, saying, “HarperCollins is offering readers the opportunity to “try before you buy” with their “Browse Inside” feature on their website. The company has a number of titles available for readers to read for free on the website, not just sample chapters, but the ENTIRE BOOK.”

Tip Diva presents Top Ten Tips – Building A Personal Library posted at Tip Diva, saying, “Tip Diva loves reading and one day dreams of a house lined with shelves and shelves of books. She’s started to acquire quite a collection of her favorite books, and here’s how you, too, can build your own personal library.”

GrrlScientist presents The Birdbooker Report: Notes on Bird (and Natural History) Books posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Update about natural history books that are either new to the market or will be published soon. [new book news]”

David Cassell presents The Why Behind Select Courses Blog posted at selectcoursesblog.com.


Cheryl Snell presents Shiva’s Arms: Chariots of Flame posted at FeedBulletin for: financialbullet.

Anne-Marie presents Five questions for Sara Zarr, author of the YA novel Sweethearts posted at My Readable Feast, saying, “Check out Sara’s latest novel, Sweethearts – fantastic!”

Amy Munnell presents An Interview…with screenwriter Michael Lucker posted at 3 Questions…and Answers, saying, “screenwriter Michael Lucker”

Amy Munnell presents An Interview…with humorist Cappy Hall Rearick posted at 3 Questions…and Answers, saying, “Humor columnist Cappy Hall Rearick”

Amy Munnell presents An Interview…with Novelist Julie L. Cannon posted at 3 Questions…and Answers.

Jade Blackwater presents Feature Artist Interview – Lisa D. Kastner posted at Brainripples, saying, “Brainripples shares a Feature Artist Interview with writer Lisa D. Kastner of the Rittenhouse area of Philadelphia, PA. Lisa Kastner writes fiction, and is currently shopping her psychological thriller novel “Jersey Diner”.”


DandelionBlog presents A Small Treatise on Happiness posted at Author Suzanne McMinn.

Alex Blackwell presents How Much is Too Much? posted at The Next 45 Years.

Lorace presents Looking to the Future, With a Smile posted at What Not Thought: How To’s and A Lot of Randomness.

Nick at BnG presents The Beernut Gallery – Gridlocked posted at The Beernut Gallery, saying, “An article detailing the joys of a traffic jam.”

cait presents Whats the crisis compadre? posted at cait, saying, “I couldn’t find humor up there…maybe its not so funny anyway…”

Alex Blackwell presents In the Blink of an Eye posted at The Next 45 Years.


Thomas Sweeney presents To come into the present… posted at Think Soul Matter.

Pearl presents How the movie Groundhog Day can lead to a happier and more productive life posted at :: Interesting Observations ::.

Untruths presents Science + Religion = Conflict? posted at Untruths, saying, “Are Science and Religion Compatible?”

politics/current events

Kathie Goldsmith presents You know it?s getting ugly in some markets when? posted at Team Reba Real Estate, saying, “Team Reba is a real estate firm with a blog that covers many subject. This post is about the turn in the market and how one agent is being sued as a result of the housing bust.”

santousha presents *Seeking*Serenity*: Waiting on the strike to end and my concerns for Ms. Spears posted at Seeking Serenity.


Bela presents How to Catch a Mouse | House Chronicles posted at House Chronicles.


Michael Bass presents Hints for writing great blog posts. posted at Debt Prison, saying, “Don’t write junk, anything worth writing is worth writing correctly. Bad articles will leave readers with a negative impression of your site.”

Nick Cobb presents Felonious Ramblings: My First Day In The Joint posted at Felonious Ramblings.

Warren Wong presents The Different Types Of Website Visitors And Their Value posted at Personal Development for INTJs, saying, “An article describing the different types of websites visitors such as search engine, direct, referring, and social bookmarking and the value they bring to your website.”

Bob Younce presents Setting posted at Writing My First Novel.


Michel Fortin presents Give Your Joint-Venture Offer An Extra Punch | The Michel Fortin Blog posted at The Michel Fortin Blog.

book reviews

GrrlScientist presents Speciation in Birds posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “by Trevor Price, is a wonderful review of the literature that reveals the process and nature of speciation in birds.”

GrrlScientist presents Attenborough in Paradise posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “A remarkable set of adventures to the South Pacific islands and beyond on DVD as David Attenborough pursues his most deeply burning passions. [educational DVD review]”

Peter Jones presents The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: New Mystery Keeps You Reading posted at Great New Books that Are a Must Read.


James DeLelys presents Am I the Only One? posted at Author James DeLelys, saying, “Prelude to a new book.”

Sarah presents Eugenides and Saunders read from My Mistress’s Sparrow Is Dead posted at SARAHSPY.


Marilyn Terrell presents The Inn at Little Washington Celebrates 30 Years posted at Intelligent Travel, saying, “Susan O’Keefe interviews the celebrated chef-innkeeper at the Inn at Little Washington, Patrick O’Connell, as his inn and restaurant turn 30.”


Madeleine Begun Kane presents One Car Guaranty I?d Gladly Forgo posted at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog.

Alex Blackwell presents And a Side Order of Positive Attitude, Too Please posted at The Next 45 Years.

Justin Duval presents www.DarkGrin.com – mind TRIP posted at The Dark Grin, saying, “Philosophical creative writing piece.”

Joshua Wagner presents Getting Your Ducks in a Row posted at Total Possibility.

Joshua Wagner presents Love and Fear posted at Total Possibility.

Alex Blackwell presents Feel the Music in You posted at The Next 45 Years, saying, “While allowing my heart to hear the words to the song, it occurred to me that I did indeed own my life. Regret and shame were just pieces of garbage I had been carrying around long enough. But there was still plenty of time and there was still plenty of hope and fight left in me.”


Akemi presents Belief can Change the Course of Life posted at Gratitude Magic.

Samuel Bryson presents The Philosophy of Happiness – Accepting Yourself posted at Total Wellbeing.

Scholars & Rogues presents A human thinking trap (and how to avoid it) posted at Scholars and Rogues, saying, “Thank you for your consideration.”

politics/current events

Meggie Pace presents Craft Research: Craft 2.0 posted at Earthly Paradise, saying, “The arts and crafts movement is experiencing an incredible revival on the web. This article discusses the movement’s origins and future.”

Heidi Whitaker presents Viral Blogging: What is the Price of Profiting from the Politics of Bigotry and Hate? posted at Work from Home Choices, saying, “This article discusses how political blogs are stirring up hatred and bigotry.”

Cheryl presents Cop a plea: to criminal stupidity posted at Glob-a-log, saying, “Dimwitted cops and criminals”

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It’s 8:45 p.m. and the Maryland polls aren’t closed yet. A judge ordered an extension due to the bad weather.

So far, with 61% of the votes counted in Virgina, Obama is ahead. I will be very surprised if he doesn’t win Maryland as well.

Yesterday, I attended the Stand for Change Rally with Barack Obama at the 1st Mariner Arena. Over 15,000 people packed the space to capacity–young and old, various races and ethnic groups, women and men. The crowd was excited, and from the second Obama walked on stage, there wasn’t a boring moment. Not only did he connect with the audience, he outlined clear plans for the future and showed that he, too, is realistic about–and prepared for–the challenges ahead.

H. Clinton is now in Texas, where she hopes to re-energize her campaign after back-to-back losses and the firing/stepping down of her campaign manager. But Hillary is expected to win Texas and Ohio.

(CNN now reports that Barack is now ahead in the delegate count by 2–1170 to 1168.)

McCain is likely to win the GOP vote in Maryland and is projected as the winner in Virgina. But Huckabee is closer in the polls than almost anyone expected . . .


See where they stand on the issues:






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Today is the paperback release of The Liar’s Diary by Patry Francis, which has accumulated a number of spectacular reviews, been translated into several languages, and eagerly read by many. And today, over 300 writers will blog about the book which was released by Dutton (hard cover), Plume (paperback), and Brilliance Audio. Patry Francis was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, and while the mother of four employs her grandfather’s motto of “No Kick” and continues to blog and to write, she can not yet take on the traditional amount of extensive promotion required of an author, so a large number of people are chipping in to help out.

The Patry Francis Blog Day is the brainchild of Laura Benedict and was put into motion by her; Patry’s editor, Julie Doughty; her agent, Alice Tasman; her publicist, Laurie Connors; Karen Dionne of Backspace; Susan Henderson of Litpark; Dan Conaway of Writers House; Jessica Keener of Agni; and Brilliance Audio. They’ve put in the legwork to bring together as many people as possible to help Patry and promote the book in almost any fashion, from blogging about today to reviewing The Liar’s Diary.

I haven’t read The Liar’s Diary yet, but will be getting the book soon. Having read excerpts of the work and listened to the audio excerpt provided by Brilliance Audio, I think it is certainly not one to miss.

But because of that fact, when Karen Dionne asked fellow Backspacers to participate, I contemplated joining in on the Blog Day for just a little bit. What would I blog about? I’ve never met her. I haven’t read the book. Sure, I’ve read her blog and excerpts of the work, but what would I say? Ultimately, it was a very simple decision. Like so many others, I wanted to help, plain and simple. Patry Francis has shown an amazing fighting spirit that most of us hope for in such times of pain and crisis, and her situation and the generous support from her family and friends has no doubt inspired us all. Now–for those of us that haven’t yet–it’s time to take it to the bank, further support a fellow writer and human being and purchase a copy of The Liar’s Diary. Without further ado:

The Liar’s Diary at Amazon.com.

From Backspace:

In support of Patry Francis and this remarkable blog initiative, Penguin Group USA would like to offer 15% off the paperback edition of The Liar’s Diary when purchased online from us.penguingroup.com until 2/15/2008. On the shopping cart page, enter PATRY in the ‘coupon code’ field and click ‘update cart’ to activate it.

Video Clip:

Audio (provided by Brilliance Audio and linked from LITPARK): http://litpark.com/mp3/LiarsDiaryclip.mp3″

Press Release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Laurie Connors
A Plume Paperback Plume Publicity
laurie.connors @ us.penguingroup.com



A Novel
By Patry Francis

“The new questions and revelations just keep coming…Readers will be heartily rewarded.”—Ladies’ Home Journal

When new music teacher Ali Mather enters Jeanne Cross’s quiet suburban life, she brings a jolt of energy that Jeanne never expected. Ali has a magnetic personality and looks to match, drawing attention from all quarters. Nonetheless, Jeanne and Ali develop a friendship based on their mutual vulnerabilities THE LIAR’S DIARY (Plume / February 2008 / ISBN 978-0-452-28915-4 / $14.00) is the story of Ali and Jeanne’s friendship, and the secrets they both keep.

Jeanne’s secrets are kept to herself; like her son’s poor report card and husband’s lack of interest in their marriage. Ali’s secrets are kept in her diary, which holds the key to something dark: her fear that someone has been entering her house when she is not at home. While their secrets bring Jeanne and Ali together, it is this secret that will drive them apart. Jeanne finds herself torn between her family and her dear friend in order to protect the people she loves.

A chilling tour of troubled minds, THE LIAR’S DIARY questions just how far you’ll go for your family and what dark truths you’d be willing to admit—even to yourself.

Patry Francis
is a three-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize whose work has appeared in the Tampa Review, Colorado Review, Ontario Review, and the American Poetry Review. She is also the author of the popular blogs, simplywait.blogspot.com and waitresspoems.blogspot.com. This is her first novel. Please visit her website at www.patryfrancis.com.

Praise for THE LIAR’S DIARY:

“Twists and turns but never lets go.”—Jacquelyn Mitchard, bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

“A quirky, well-written and well-constructed mystery with an edge.”—Publishers Weekly

“Outright chilling.”—New York Daily News

“Genuinely creepy…The unlikely friendship between a small-town school secretary and a flamboyant teacher proves deadly in this psychological murder mystery.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A twisting ride full of dangerous curves and jaw-dropping surprises. This is one of my favorite reads of the year!”—Tess Gerristen, bestselling author of The Mephisto Club

“Francis draws and tense and moody picture of the perfect home and family being peeled back secret by secret…Four Stars.”—Romantic Times

By Patry Francis
Plume Paperbacks / February 2008 / $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-452-28915-4
Readers Guide available at www.penguin.com

For more information or to schedule an interview with Patry Francis, please contact Laurie Connors, Plume Publicity
212-366-2222 / laurie.connors @ us.penguingroup.com


The list of writers, editors, agents, and publishers participating in The Patry Francis Blog Day (from LITPARK):

Patti Abbott
Mario Acevedo
Susan Adrian

Samina Ali
Christa Allan
Joelle Anthony
Jorge Argueta
Vicki Arkoff – MAD Magazine, Nickelodeon, MW Book Review
Melanie Avila
Tricia Ares

Terry Bain
Gail Baker – The Debutante Ball
Anjali Banerjee
Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Elizabeth Bartasius
Carolyn Burns Bass
Brett Battles
Laura Benedict

Pinckney Benedict
Janet Berliner
William Bernhardt
Alexander Besher
Marcie Beyatte
Brenda Birch
Roberto Bonazzi

Raven Bower
Laura Bowers
Beatrice Bowles
Tara Bradford
Gayle Brandeis
Stacy Brazalovich
Susan Breen – Gotham Writers Workshops
Heather Brewer
Eve Bridburg – Zachary Shuster Harmsworth

Sassy Brit
Heatheraynne Brooks
Debra Broughon
Josie Brown
Pat Brown
Ruth Brown
Ken Bruen
Rachel Kramer Bussel
Aldo Calcagno

Austin S. Camacho
Bill Cameron
Lorenzo Carcaterra
Vincent Carrella
Karen DeGroot Carter
Rosemary Carstens
Cynthia Clark – Futures Mysterious Anthology Magazine
Jon Clinch
Kamela Cody

Oline H. Cogdill – Sun-Sentinal
Tish Cohen
Eileen Cruz Coleman
Myfanwy Collins
Dan Conaway – Writers House
Laurie Connors – Penguin
Eileen Cook
Richard Cooper
David Corbett

Auria Cortes
Bill Crider – Pop Culture Magazine
Kim Cristofoli
Ann Mare Cummins
Sheila Curran
Kristie Cutter
Jordan Dane
Josephine Damian
Daryl Darko

A.J. Davis
Kelli Davis
Alyssa Day
Alma Hromic Deckert
Jim DeFelice
Mike Dellosso
Katrina Denza
Bella DePaulo
Karen Dionne

Felicia Donovan
Julie Doughty – Dutton
Gerry Doyle
Terri DuLong
Firoozeh Dumas
Christine Eldrin
J.T. Ellison – Killer Year
Sheila Clover English – Circle of Seven Productions
Kate Epstein – the Epstein Literary Agency

Kathryn Esplin
Rachel Fershleiser at SMITH Magazine
Ryan Field
Michael A. FitzGerald
William Floyd
Natasha Fondren
Jamie Ford
Connie May Fowler
Heather Fowler

Therese Fowler
Jenifer Fox
Thaisa Frank
Michelle Gable
Gary Gach
Leighton Gage
Neil Gaiman
Colin Galbraith
Jayson Gallaway

Jane Ganahl – Red Room
Erika-Marie S. Geiss
Linda Gerber
Shane Gericke
Tess Gerritsen
Karin Gillespie
Anne Glamore
Kathi Kamen Goldmark
Jewelle Gomez

Susan Helene Gottfried
Deborah Grabien
Elizabeth Graham
Caroline Grant
Robin Grantham
Bob Gray – Shelf Awareness
Nancy O. Greene
Robert Grudin
Lisa Guidarini

David Habbin
Jim Hanas
Lynette Hart
Melanie Harvey
Michael Haskins
Melanie Lynn Hauser
Bill Hayes
Maria Dahvana Headley
Susan Henderson

Heidi the Hick
Georgia Hesse
Billie Hinton
Vicki Hinze
Lori Hope
Khaled Hosseini
Eileen Hutton – Brilliance Audio
Gina Hyams
International Thriller Writers

David Isaak
Susan Ito
Lisa Jackson
Arachne Jericho
Allison Johnson
Jen Jordan – Crimespree
Jungle Red Writers
Lesley Kagen
Polly Kahl

Jessica Keener
Charles Kelly
Lisa Kenny
Beth Kephart
Jackie Kessler
Merle Kessler
Kristy Kiernan – Southern Authors Blog
A.S. King
Jeff Kleinman – Folio Literary Management

Sandra Kring
R.D. Laban
Rebecca Laffar-Smith – Writers Roundabout
Clair Lamb
Daphne Larkin
Judy Merrill Larson
Caroline Leavitt

Virginia Lee
Leslie Levine
Mary Lewis
Richard Lewis
Sharon Linnea
Julie Anne Long
CJ Lyons

Jonathan Maberry
Amy MacKinnon – The Writers Group
Tim Maleeny
Ric Marion
Nancy Martin
Adrienne Mayor
L.C. McCabe
Damian McNicholl
Ellen Meister

Christa Miller
Kyle Minor
Jacquelyn Mitchard
P. A. Moed
Terri Molina
Pat Montandon
David Montgomery
Alexis Moore

Joe Moore – Inkspot
Amanda Morgan
Sarie Morrell
Amy Nathan
National Post
Tia Nevitt

Carolyn North
Aurelio O’Brien
Martha O’Connor
Andrea Okrentowich
Lori Oliva
Aimee Palooza
Michael Palmer
Stephen Parrish

Marie Peck
Marcia Peterson – WOW! Women on Writing
Jason Pinter
Anthony S. Policastro
Douglas Preston
Publishers Marketplace
Terese Ramin
Jody Reale
Martha Reed

Janet Reid – FinePrint Literary Management
Kamilla Reid
Lance Reynald
Michelle Richmond
Maria Robinson
John Robison
James Rollins
M.J. Rose – Buzz, Balls & Hype

Renee Rosen
Jordan Rosenfeld
Russell Rowland
Anneli Rufus
Hank Ryan
Marcus Sakey
Harris Salat -Visual Thesaurus
Rachel Sarah
Maria Schneider – Writer’s Digest Magazine

Nina Schuyler
Dani Shapiro
Rochelle Shapiro
Charles Shaughnessy
Jessie Sholl
Robert Siegel
Clea Simon
Lynn Sinclair
Jen Singer

Shelley Singer
Sisters in Crime
Robin Slick
BPM Smith – Word & Bass
Bridget Smith
Claudia Smith
Kim Smith
Stephie Smith

Alexandra Sokoloff
Char Solomon
James Spring
Emilie Staat
Kim Stagliano
Maryanne Stahl
Bella Stander
Kelli Stanley
Marta Stephens

Bronwyn Storm
Jennifer Talty
Judith Tannenbaum
Mindy Tarquini
Alice Tasman – the Jean Naggar Literary Agency
Charles R. Temple
David Thayer
The Outfit
Joyce Tremel
Danielle Trussoni
Louise Ure
N. L. Valler
Barbara Vey – Publishers Weekly
Bev Vincent
Brenda Wallace
Therese Walsh – Writer Unboxed
John Warner – Tow Books
Gary Wassner
Brenda Webster
Sarah Weinman
Kimberly M. Wetherell
Dan Wickett – Emerging Writers Network
Jennifer Weiner
Laura Wellner
Susan Wiggs
Liz Wolfe
Cheryl Wyatt
Stephen Wylder
Irvin Yalom
Belle Yang
Dawn Yun
Michele Zackheim
Victoria Zackheim
Ernie Zelinski
Crystal Zevon


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