Writing

Nancy Wood: What is my measure of success as an author?

Wow, that’s a challenging question, and one with many answers that have shifted over time. When I first started writing, my goal was to publish commercial fiction. I started writing decades before I published anything, working on novels and short stories. Thankfully, they never saw the light of day! I attended workshops and conferences, and joined writers’ groups. I wanted to learn about the business of publishing, as well as how to improve my fiction writing skills. I read and read and read. When attending a workshop in 2006, I came up with the idea for mystery, using the themes...

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Call for Submissions: Corporate Catharsis – EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 30, 2019

We’ve all been there: standing behind a desk or a counter for ridiculously long hours, letting the movie of our imagination roll behind our eyes. Maybe you open the supply room door and find another dimension; perhaps the photocopier reproduces cryptic messages from other realities. We’re certain that you can, far too easily, find inspiration from your workplace. Magic, mayhem, revenge — and, yes, perhaps even redemption — can all be found there. Corporate Catharsis is the anthology we all need — one that can help us survive our corporate servitude with our hearts and souls intact. Submission Details Open...

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Call for Submissions: Corporate Catharsis – EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 30, 2019

We’ve all been there: standing behind a desk or a counter for ridiculously long hours, letting the movie of our imagination roll behind our eyes. Maybe you open the supply room door and find another dimension; perhaps the photocopier reproduces cryptic messages from other realities. We’re certain that you can, far too easily, find inspiration from your workplace. Magic, mayhem, revenge — and, yes, perhaps even redemption — can all be found there. Corporate Catharsis is the anthology we all need — one that can help us survive our corporate servitude with our hearts and souls intact. Submission Details Open...

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Call for Submissions: Corporate Catharsis

We’ve all been there: standing behind a desk or a counter for ridiculously long hours, letting the movie of our imagination roll behind our eyes. Maybe you open the supply room door and find another dimension; perhaps the photocopier reproduces cryptic messages from other realities. We’re certain that you can, far too easily, find inspiration from your workplace. Magic, mayhem, revenge — and, yes, perhaps even redemption — can all be found there. Corporate Catharsis is the anthology we all need — one that can help us survive our corporate servitude with our hearts and souls intact. Submission Details Open...

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Why Haven’t You Written Your Book? (Part 4 of 4)

This is Part 4 of a four-part series reporting on the "Why Haven't You Written Your Book?" survey we offered last year. You can read Part 3 here. I would consider my book to be a success if … The answers we received showed a clear distribution of the responses. Here is how all of the answers ranked: I get it finished and published. I sell X number of copies during the first year. I get X positive reviews for it on Amazon/Goodreads. My friends and family all buy copies of it. Based on these results, we might conclude that...

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Why Haven’t You Written Your Book? (Part 3 of 4)

The is Part 3 of a four-part series reporting on the "Why Haven't You Written Your Book?" survey we offered last year. You can read Part 2 here. I'm afraid to write (or submit) my book because … A clear margin shows that the two highest-ranked responses held true for most authors, while the remaining three ranked very close together. Here is how all of the answers ranked: I don't know if it will be any good. I don't know how to distribute/market it. I don't think anyone will read it. I'm afraid people will judge me. I don't know...

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Why Haven’t You Written Your Book? (Part 2 of 4)

The is the second part in a four-part series reporting on the "Why Haven't You Written Your Book?" survey we offered last year. You can read Part 1 here. I would write my book if … The answers we received ranked fairly close in terms of the numbers of responses received. Here is how all of the answers ranked: I knew someone would be interested in publishing it. I had more time to do it. I had a support group to help me along the way. As the results were close across all three responses, we might conclude that writers:...

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Why Haven’t You Written Your Book? (Part 1 of 4)

Many of us know people who have written — or threatened to write — books, but then those books never seem to materialize in a final form. Even after we started Paper Angel Press, and positioned it as an author-friendly platform for getting your written creations read, we still experienced the same hesitation among writers, even those with whom we had good working relationships. Why was this happening?, we wondered. So, last fall we ran a survey with two different audiences in order to try to understand why writers don't complete or submit their books. We also sought to understand...

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