Monday, 06 February 2017 20:21

Revising with a Smile

.It’s a huge accomplishment to come to that last sentence of a novel, a memoir or another book of nonfiction and any writer who does so owes themselves a hearty pat on the back, a smile, a vacation. But after the beach towel is rolled up and the bows are taken, it’s time to get back to work.

Thursday, 02 June 2016 18:25

Ms. Lee and the Real Atticus

Several years ago, a writer came up to me after a talk I presented about strategies to get your work published. She told me that when I was a literary agent, several years prior, I had written her a pretty strong note telling her that her novel wasn’t ready for publication. I braced for her recrimination, as she quoted my words, which were instructions to more or less, “put this manuscript in your bottom drawer”. I began to apologize to her for my “candor”, but she cut me off. “Actually, I wanted to thank you. You spared me from publishing something that was far from my best work.”