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Editing

A developmental editor helps writers hone their work-in-progress. For voice, heart, vision, yes!—and for style, organization, and clarity, too. Have a draft of a memoir or novel? Establishing your on-line presence? My feedback can pave the way toward your publishing and solopreneurial goals.

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Coaching

A writing coach is a literary fairy godmother. She can charm your plot or transform your writing practice! I’ve earned my wand helping castles-full of writers abracadabra great ideas into golden sheaves of pages. Whether you’re creating book pages or web pages, I can help you, too.

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I’m Jamie

From the moment I facilitated my first writer’s group, I’ve been on a mission: to help other writers make their mark. Now, in addition to my work with fiction writers and memoirists, I also provide editing services and support to entrepreneurs. Because your success is my success.

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News, Notes & Quotes


  • THE MASTERS REVIEW’S flash fiction contest is accepting entries until May 31st! As they say on their site, Our love of flash fiction runs deep. And throughout our seven years of reading work by emerging writers we’ve seen some incredible pieces of small and powerful fiction. We are proud to now offer a contest dedicated solely to flash. So here it is: a home for your very best small fiction. Send us big worlds in tiny packages, large ideas with a low word count. Dazzle us with your best fiction under 1000 words.

    GUIDELINES:

    • Winner receives $3000 and publication
    • Second and third place prizes are $200 and $100 respectively
    • Stories under 1000 words
    • Previously unpublished stories only
    • Simultaneous and multiple submissions allowed
    • Emerging writers only (We are interested in offering a larger platform to new writers. Self-published writers and writers with story  collections and novels with a small circulation are welcome to submit.)
    • International submissions allowed
    • $20 entry fee allows up to two stories – if submitting two stories, please put them both in a SINGLE document.
    • Deadline: May 31, 2018
    • Please no identifying information on your story
    • All stories are considered for publication
    • Dazzle us
  • I am so proud of author M. B. Cabot (aka, my very own Aunt Maxine) on the publication of her new kids’ book, GRAMMIE LIVES AT THE MALL, gorgeously illustrated by IRA BAYKOVSKA. Head over to Amazon and get a copy for your favorite kid!

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    Congratulations to Royal Palm Literary Award-winning author ANNE HAWKINSON on the publication of SCOTLAND’S KNIGHT: The Rose in the Glade. Now available on Amazon, The Rose in the Glade is the first in a new series that Anne is co-authoring with Scottish Book Trust author PAUL V. HUNTER. To Anne and Paul, may the Thistle bloom forever!

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    Happy fourth birthday to Central Florida’s WRITER’S ATELIER! For four years, Writer’s Atelier, a project started by writer RACQEL HENRY, has provided a place where writers can network with other writers and improve their craft. Offering space for other literary groups, writing workshops, and other small literary events, Writer’s Atelier is an invaluable resource for our writing community.

     

  • ROXANE GAY IS AN ADVICE COLUMNIST FOR THE NEW YORK TIMESRecently, she’s received a couple of questions from new/unpublished writers who are growing concerned that middle-ish age (these folks are 47 and 65, respectively) is the wrong time to either start or build a literary career.

    In response, Gay says, Throughout my 20s and most of my 30s, I was convinced I was never going to make it as a writer. My writing was constantly rejected, and I took the rejection personally, as one does.

    Eventually (obviously!) she met with success—but it wasn’t early success. She says, It is easy to fall prey to the idea that writing success is intrinsically bound to youth. And continues to share her thoughts about the insights that older writers bring to the page—and the world, when given a chance to do so.

    Read the entire piece here: Ask Roxane: Is It Too Late to Follow My Dreams?

    There, if you’re a yet-to-publish writer whose 20s, 30s, or 40s are disappearing in the rear-view mirror, you’ll find solid inspiration and encouragement to fuel your literary tank for the next leg of your writer’s journey.

  • One of artist/poet pal SUZANNE LAGRANDE’S paintings recently made the cover of CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women. CALYX is a forum for women’s creative work. Each issue is packed with new poetry, short stories, full-color artwork, photography, essays, and reviews—all by women.

    CALYX has discovered such important writers as Julia Alvarez, Paula Gunn Allen, Olga Broumas, Natalie Goldberg, Barbara Kingsolver, and Sharon Olds and was the first to publish the artwork of Frida Kahlo in color in the U.S.

    Congrats, Suzanne! You’re in fine company, indeed!

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    HENYA DRESCHER’S novel-in-progress, STOLEN TRUTH, is a Top Ten Winner in INK & INSIGHT’S Apprentice category. Here’s what a judge said: The hook is great. I read this in one sitting, and then read it again, immediately. It’s an exhilarating, harrowing ride. Congrats, Henya!

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    Hey, there, RYAN G. VAN CLEAVE! TWO new books out on Oxford UP? Nicely done, sir! Van Cleave fans (and creative types), check out Ryan’s co-authored VISUAL STORYTELLING and his CREATIVITY: A READER FOR WRITERS. See what you think!

    Also, thanks, Ryan, for your major shout-out to me in your recent THE WRITER magazine article on writing coaching. I’m thrilled to have been at your literary service!

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    So happy to report that MARGARITA MCCARTHY’S poem “Cuba ’95” was a finalist in this year’s Royal Palm Literary Award contest, presented by the Florida Writers Association. May this be only the beginning, Margarita!

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    Shout-out to CINDY KNOEBEL, whose short story “The Gun” was recently published by THE STRAY BRANCH in their 2017 Fall/Winter edition, which is now available online and in print. Ms. Knoebel is currently seeking representation for her first novel, a high-stakes, high-spirited Wall Street romp (complete with dismembered Barbie dolls and attempted murder).

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    Heartfelt congratulations to JANET COLBERT, one of Broward County, Florida’s, 100 Most Outstanding Women of 2017, who has published her exposé of Florida’s opiate epidemic, STOPPNOW (Stop the Organized Pill Pushers). Visit the STOPPNow website to learn more about how Janet and the other members of the STOPPNow team are tackling this issue.

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    OMG, adorable! That’s all I can say about new author FAYE REGISTER’S site! Take a look. And check out her book, CONFESSIONS OF A NAKED, VULNERABLE WOMAN, while you’re there (which is also available on Amazon).

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Jamie Morris is an outstanding resource for writers who want to reach the pinnacle of success. She’s a warm, encouraging angel on your shoulder, but she’s also got the skills, experience, and good judgment to help you vanquish your weaknesses and capitalize on your strengths. If you’re a writer with serious ambitions, work with Jamie. Elizabeth SimsYOU’VE GOT A BOOK IN YOU: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams (Writers Digest)


Hey, J. Just wanted to say “THANKS!” for the coaching session today. It was amazingly productive. I now have actionable clarity for revising one novel that’s been giving me grief, and finishing another that had stalled in the middle. Pretty good work for one hour, no? Ryan G. Van Cleave, Creative Writing BFA Coordinator, Ringling College of Art and Design; author of THE WEEKEND BOOK PROPOSAL (Writers Digest); MEMOIR WRITING FOR DUMMIES (John Wiley & Sons); BEHIND THE SHORT STORY, with Todd James Pierce (Longman)

Jamie, I think hiring you is the single most important gift I’ve given my writing life in years. —Tia Levings, Think It, Write It, Film It, Make It, Do It

Jamie: I am so freaking in love with you, this process, and my book! People dread asking me how I am because I tell them in nauseating detail how much I love my book and my writing coach and what we are up to! I feel like I won the lottery! Cara Gubbins, PhD, THE DOLPHINS OF HILTON HEAD (University of South Carolina Press); EVERYDAY WOMEN CREATING EXTRAORDINARY LIVES (JADA Press)


Jamie, thanks for all your notes and for the session Friday morning. It was all very helpful on so many levels. You are someone to treasure, for sure. I’m so glad you are part of my team. All my interactions with you make me, and thus my corner of the world, a saner, happier, more optimistic place. Beth Lambdin, blogger, essayist, film reviewer


Jamie, thank you so much for all your love, encouragement, and expertise this morning! I’m very excited to just write the way I did when I was a kid, to just have fun and roll with my instincts. Truly, I’m always in awe of how insightful you are as a coach, not just to writing but to the human heart. Alina Smith, songwriter, music producer, at LYRE


Jamie! You’re so wonderful! Our time together is so magical. Thank you for reigniting my passion and gifting me focus and insights. I’m thrilled about the new direction for my book. You’re all things goodness. So profoundly grateful for you and the forces that guided us together for this. Kristen Schneider, founder, Wellblends; author, YOUR LIFE IS MEDICINE: Ayurveda for Yogis

Jamie, you are so special to me and the most amazing person to come across my path at this particular time. It feels like a spiritual connection, and I do believe you are this story’s fairy godmother, as you are not only making sense of what’s already been done, but giving a new perspective on what is yet to be. Big Shared World is already better thanks to your involvement. I am better because of you. Wow! Colleen Waterston, BigSharedWorld.com


Jamie! You have a great eye. It was awesome how you and I were able to work intuitively together. You are right—all of those details do truly matter! Rebecca Schoenecker, creator of Creatures of the Moon Oracle Deck


Jamie, I owe you ten bucks, but I really owe you so much more! You’ve pushed me to uncover truth in my writing. I’ve learned so much about writing, so much about myself. Thanks for the opportunity. I look forward to more. —Liz Rash, memoirist


Get your happy dance on, Jamie! I got an agent!!! I’m so excited. Get ready to grace my acknowledgement page!!! You were so integral in helping me with my character arcs in FORETOLD—and with the underlying theme! Remember when we met in downtown Mount Dora? That session was so good. Our ideas totally merged, and magic happened! —Melissa Abrehamsen, FORETOLD (represented by Siobhan McBride of Serendipity Literary Agency)


Running a soul-centered business doesn’t come easy. Unless you have Jamie Morris at your side. Her coaching is soul-to-soul. She offers resources and stories to help navigate one’s journey. Jamie’s enthusiasm and spot-on intuition enhance her talents as a writer and editor. She’s a natural cheerleader of bloggers and businesses, and a magician who performs stellar work on any written endeavor. Tabitha Dial, MFA, author, poet; Tarot and Tea Leaf Readings by Tabitha


I must report on the truly remarkable day that Jamie Morris created for LifeArt Studio, called “Your Creativity is in the Cards.” I’m tellin’ you, it was A-MAZING. Guided by Tarot expert and workshop leader, the inimitable Jamie, we each created something new, a result of the encouraging and provocative prompts she gave us. If you missed the experience with Jamie Morris, I’m really sorry. I so wish I could give that experience to all LifeArt followers. —Lezlie Laws, LifeArt Studio

 
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