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Archive for January 2011

Quote of the Day

January 29, 2011

“Horse breeders did not invent the motorcar”. While surfing around the internet today, I came across this quotation over at a site called Shelf Awareness. The words come from Jacob Epstein, a reviewer for the NY Review of Books, as he was writing about a technology book called “Merchants of Culture: The Publishing Business in […]

January 26, 2011

Agent For A Day

January 26, 2011

A funny thing happened to me this morning. I opened my mailbox and lo and behold there were over a thousand e-mails in my mailbox. No, I had not suddenly become popular on the internet. Instead the sudden accumulation of written messages came courtesy of the 4th Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph Challenge, where I […]

Oh Boy! Another Writing Contest

January 25, 2011

I love these agent sponsored writing contests that appear from time to time on agent blogging sites. I have never won anything, but the response time is minimal and since I have several manuscripts in various states of completion, it is never a big deal to get material together for a submission. The only drawback […]

Quick Writers

January 23, 2011

Recently, Michael Larsen ( of the Larsen-Pomada Literary Agency) wrote an interesting post, entitled “8 Reasons To Write Your Book Fast”.  One of the reasons includes the possibility that you may not be the only person with the idea or  there is also the economic reality that the sooner you finish the project, the sooner […]

The Problem With NaNoWriMo

January 20, 2011

Several years ago I tried writing a novel during November under the auspices of NaNoWriMo. I only finished about a third of the piece, but the following spring, after I finally had caught up on my sleep, I went on to craft a complete novel (85,000 words ) that was completely unrelated to my first […]

Hooray For Ray

January 19, 2011

Ray Bradbury is a well-known for his full length literary works, such as “The Martian Chronicles”, “Fahrenheit 451”, “Dandelion Wine” and “Something Wicked Comes This Way”. However, there is another side of Ray Bradbury, that the general public may not so be aware of. And that is his ability to put together a good short […]

A Good Man Is Hard To Find

January 16, 2011

Reading a short story that is widely recognized as an American classic is always a challenge. Such was the case when I picked up the complete stories of Flannery O’Connor at a local SC library and tackled several of her stories. The fact that as I read I am able to look out the window […]

Writing Contest for Literary Fiction

January 10, 2011

For anyone who has an unpublished manuscript for a novel lying around the house, Chuck Sambuchino & Co. over at “Guide To Literary Agents” are currently running a contest. Writers have until January 23rd to submit the first 150-200 words of the manuscript, which should fall under the category of “literary fiction”. At least three […]

Orson Scott Card On Writing

January 7, 2011

I have a confession to make. I love to read books on writing, especially those penned by successful authors. Orson Scott Card, author of the award winning sci-fi tale, “Ender’s Game”, is one of my favorites. Recently, I just came across a copy of  “Characters & Viewpoints” in the local library and at present I […]

More Than Just A Translator

January 4, 2011

“The publicity was good, but you can’t eat a publicity sandwich,”  Lazy Lester (American R & B songwriter) . Steven T. Murray is the English translator for Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy, which includes “The Girl With The Dragon Tatto”,  “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked Over the Hornets Nest”. Ordinarily, […]

My Literary New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2011

Today is the first working day of the New Year and so now it is time for all good writers to declare their goals for the New Year. Before making your New Year’s resolution, you might want to consider whether your goals are attainable or not. Jane Lebak underscores the point perfectly in today’s blog […]