Q&A: Dana Bate on Publishing Her First Novel

February 25, 2013

We’re about to chat with an author whose book is on my bed-side table at this very moment. Excited! Unlike many of the interviewees who land on this blog, Dana Bate is an IRL (In Real Life) friend, although I now follow her online, too. We went to journalism school together, and I’ve eagerly followed […]

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Writers' Roundup: July 9

July 9, 2010

My favorite links from this week: Journalist David Farley tells MediaBistro’s GalleyCat how he turned his travel reporting into a book deal. Travel memoir folks, listen to this one. Eleven important elements of a novel or memoir, from literary agent Michael Larsen. When backstory helps your writing — and when it hinders it. Solid advice […]

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A term you should NEVER use. Never ever.

December 9, 2009

While we’re playing grammar police, here’s a mistake I’ve seen many literary agents complain about (and many aspiring authors make): Using the term fiction novel. It’s a novel. Why not a fiction novel? Because a novel is always fiction, so saying so is redundant. It implies that you don’t know what novel means. And of […]

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