joy of nine9 weekly paper

This weeks articles and posts from ten different sources gathered together in one spot.  joy of nine9 weekly paper  …*...more

Valerie Douglas

Valerie Douglasauthor of Song of the Fairy Queen,  ...more

My Blogging Self

BlogHer – NaBloPoMoFriday, March 7, 2014 What have you learned about yourself through blogging?~~~~~~~~Blogging has given me self-confidence, a better ability to write, and a greater sense of the writing community. I have always known that I wanted to write, but blogging has helped me sift through different genres and different styles, until I found my own voice.The generosity of other bloggers and writers never fails to amaze me. They offer advice and answer questions for those of us who are just starting, or are coming back to our writing....more

A Monkey Could Figure Out What Publishers Want

It is bedtime, and I am reading a book with my five-year-old son called Monkey Makes Pancakes.* And it…well…sucks....more

Publishing a book: a cautionary tale

I have one book out there which was published by a commercial publisher, back in 2000. I won’t name the book or the publisher although those of you who are able to make the connections, you may do so.I’d like to share my story of how this book, a collection of poetry, was first started, developed, and ended up in bookshops and on the likes of Amazon....more

It's Official

I have a novel coming out! This crazy, decades-long dream of mine is becoming a reality, just like that. My awesome agent, Harvey Klinger, who expertly and kindly helped me shape my book, by showing me what unnecessary sections to cut, where to deepen characters, where to tighten the action, gave me the best Mother's Day gift by pronouncing my novel ready for submission to publishers. Two weeks later, I had a book deal....more

Where are the women in Rolling Stone?

I no longer live in the United States, but I have some of my US magazines forwarded to me because I’ve never quite gotten the hang of reading magazines on an e-reader. For me the experience of a magazine has to do with being able to flip around and read whatever catches my eye. An e-reader is too linear, somehow, too much of a commitment. When I moved out of New York two years ago, I sorted through subscriptions, weighing what should be forward to us out here and what should be canceled. One of the mags that made the cut was Rolling Stone, not only for Matt Taibi’s depressingly accurate reportage but also because without some awareness of “new” music, I will continue to listen to music that is A) leftover from my youth, which is now an uncomfortable number of decades away; or B) condoned by my children, which dooms me to a steady diet of “Glee” covers, Katy Perry, or Macklemore. But after the most recent issue, I’m thinking of canceling my subscription....more

The Call

It happened today. I got the call. Writers talk about "getting the call" like it's some mythical thing, a fairy godmother moment when all of your dreams magically come true. Because it is....more