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Backspace Conference in The Writer Magazine

| February 4th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

From the March 2012 issue: share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Christina Rodriguez

| February 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Christina Rodriguez is an assistant editor at Little, Brown and Company, where she has recently acquired a narrative history about WWII, and works with Tracy Behar on a list focusing on health, science, and prescriptive nonfiction titles. Authors with whom she’s worked include Herman Wouk, Andrew Weil, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, Joel Fuhrman, Donna Britt, William Poundstone, and Roy Peter Clark. She began her career in the publishing industry at the Association of American Publishers, where she worked on programs like Get Caught Reading and Latino Books Month. At Little, Brown, she is interested in acquiring a range of serious and narrative nonfiction, with a focus on history, biography, journalism and current events, women’s issues, memoir, popular and natural science, politics, ideas books, music, food, and humor. She loves, in particular, social and cultural histories, amazing tales lost to the annals of time, edgy investigative reporting, and other fun and lively

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Laney Katz Becker

| January 30th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

Wondering which books this agent fell in love with recently and sold? CLICK HERE to find out! Laney Katz Becker was an agent at Folio Literary Management before joining Markson Thoma Literary Agency. Prior to becoming an agent, Laney was an advertising copywriter and freelance journalist, as well as an award-winning author of both fiction and non-fiction. Laney gravitates toward “book club fiction,” (i.e. novels with substance that you’re eager to talk about); novels with a great voice; character-driven stories; and smart, psychological thrillers and novels of suspense. She is open to practical non-fiction and memoir, but only if the author has a strong platform. She’s always on the prowl for narrative nonfiction, (especially from journalists or experts). She does NOT represent romance, cozy mysteries, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal or dystopian fiction, nor does she handle YA, children’s, middle grade or poetry. Laney’s authors have made the New York Times, national and International bestsellers’ lists. A

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The Art of the Narrative

| January 27th, 2012 | No Comments »

Storytelling is part instinct, but larger part technique. There are effective and proven tactics to making every story more compelling, tighter, memorable, and readable. Likewise, there are common errors and misconceptions. Author and professor David L. Robbins will review some of the most effective ways to give your tale the advantages it deserves, including story structure, point of view, pace, character, even the quality and brevity of the prose. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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The Perils of Fictionalizing Your Family

| January 26th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

What are the consequences we inflict on our families with a no-holds-barred exposure of them through our writing? Where does our truth end and another’s privacy begin? Our panel will discuss these complex and weighty questions of conscience that have plagued writers since the beginning of literature. Based on the first-hand experience of writing, publishing, and going on book tour with stories that delve into family secrets, our panel of authors will lead the audience in a discussion of that inner battle. Questions we’ll address as part of the discussion: 1) What kind of inner resistance have you experienced in trying to write fiction based on true events and real people in your life? 2) How do you show respect for your family while honoring the need to tell your own story in an open and truthful way? 3) What is the worst thing you imagine might happen if you wrote “the truth?” 4) If you

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Jessica Blau

| January 26th, 2012 | 2 Comments »

Jessica Anya Blau’s newest novel, DRINKING CLOSER TO HOME, has been called “a raging success” and “unrelentingly side-splittingly funny.”  It was featured in Target stores as a “Breakout Book” and made many Best Books of the Year lists for 2011. Her first novel, THE SUMMER OF NAKED SWIM PARTIES, was picked as a Best Summer Book by the Today Show, the New York Post and New York Magazine.  The San Francisco Chronicle and other newspapers chose it as one of the Best Books of the Year. Jessica’s third novel, THE WONDER BREAD SUMMER, was just purchased by HarperCollins. Jessica wrote the screenplay for FRANNY, a film staring Frances Fisher and Steve Howey.  Franny is now in post-production in Los Angeles. Currently Jessica is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Goucher College.  She also teaches at Johns Hopkins University where she attended The Writing Seminars. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share

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Leora Skolkin-Smith

| January 26th, 2012 | No Comments »

Leora Skolkin-Smith was born in Manhattan in 1952, and spent her childhood between Pound Ridge, New York, and Israel, traveling with her family to her mother’s birthplace in Jerusalem every three years. She earned her BA and MFA and was awarded a teaching fellowship for graduate work, all at Sarah Lawrence. Ms. Skolkin-Smith’s first published novel, EDGES was edited and published by the late Grace Paley for Ms. Paley’s own imprint at Glad Day books. EDGES was nominated for the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award by Grace Paley.  THE FRAGILE MISTRESS, a feature film based on EDGES, is currently in pre-production, scheduled to begin shooting on location in Jerusalem, Jordan, and New York, produced by Triboro Pictures, directed by Michael Gunther. Ms Skolkin-Smith recent novel, HYSTERA, was published by The Fiction Studio Books in November, 2011. Excerpts from HYSTERA were first published by Persea Books, and recently appeared in The Hamilton Stone Review. Recent publications

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Self-publishing vs.traditional publishing: Get the inside scoop from an author who has been on both sides of the fence

| January 24th, 2012 | No Comments »

In this practical workshop, award-winning novelist Maria Murnane, who went from self-published to traditionally published through creativity and sheer perseverance (and whose novel Perfect on Paper recently reached #2 on Amazon), will explain the difference between both routes and provide a clear, step-by-step guide to each. Based on her personal experience, she’ll also share her thoughts on the pros and cons of each path to help you weigh them against your goals as an author. What attendees will learn: The difference between self-publishing and traditional publishing for fiction and non-fiction The benefits and drawbacks of each route What to expect along the way How to avoid mistakes that can cost you time, money and readers Have questions? Bring them! share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Tell a friend

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Darcie Chan

| January 24th, 2012 | No Comments »

Darcie Chan is the author of The Mill River Recluse, a self-published debut novel that has become a word-of-mouth e-book sensation.  With over half a million copies sold, The Mill River Recluse has appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for more than 20 weeks and has become a heartwarming favorite of readers across the country. Currently, Darcie lives just north of New York City with her husband and son.  She writes during every moment she isn’t working as a lawyer or spending time with her family.  She gets very little sleep, especially now that she is hard at work on a second novel set in Mill River, Vermont.   Read about Darcie in The New York Times. Read about Darcie in The Wall Street Journal. Mill River Recluse #4 on Amazon’s Top Ten of 2011 list. share: Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share with Stumblers

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Maria Murnane

| January 24th, 2012 | 1 Comment »

A former PR executive who abandoned a successful career to pursue a more fulfilling life, Maria Murnane is the author of the best-selling romantic comediesPerfect on Paper and It’s a Waverly Life. At many of her speaking engagements she shares the “story behind the story,” an entertaining tale of courage, passion and perseverance that has inspired audiences across the country to follow their dreams—no matter what.   A remarkable personal story Perfect on Paper was initially turned down by several major publishing houses, so Maria self-published and implemented a creative, grass-roots marketing campaign in an effort to prove the publishing houses wrong. And it worked! Within a year Perfect on Paper attracted the attention of senior executives at Amazon, who chose it out of more than 10,000 self-published titles for the company’s venture into traditional publishing. They offered Maria a contract, and in 2010 an updated version of the award-winning novel was released by the AmazonEncore imprint in the United States. Since

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