“You’ve Got a Book in You,” a Slam Dunk for Elizabeth Sims

RAISING ALL SORTS OF WOO-HOO! Congratulate ELIZABETH SIMS! Her fantastic Writer’s Digest Books title, YOU’VE GOT A BOOK IN YOU: A Stress-Free Guide to Writing the Book of Your Dreams, has entered its third printing since its publication in May, 2013. And Elizabeth, a Contributing Editor for WRITER’S DIGEST magazine, was named June’s Instructor of the Month at WD online!

Elizabeth writes the Lambda Award-winning Lillian Byrd Crime Series, as well as the Rita Farmer Mysteries. Check out her blog, Zestful Writing, or visit ElizabethSims.com.

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Writing Prompts: Responding to Abstract Art!

AUTHOR KRIS WALDHERR POSTED A LINK to a wonderfully fresh Ploughshares article titled “Writing with Abstract Art.”  In the article, writer Anca Szilagyi discusses approachesindex to ekphrastic writing, or, writing about art, emphasizing writing to evidently non-narrative abstract art and offering four get-your-motor-running writing prompts that are a sure bet to spark some surprising work!

EKPHRASIS: a Poetry Journal, is “looking for well-crafted poems, the main content of which addresses individual works from any artistic genre.” Further, they explain, “Ekphrastic verse transcends mere description: it stands as a transformative critical statement, an original gloss on the individual art piece it addresses.”

Check it out! Give it a go! Might be a market for your mini-masterpiece!

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Such Beauty About Writing by Lev Grossman

LEV GROSSMAN’S  LYRICAL ARTICLE, titled “How Not to Write Your First Novel,” is subtitled, “It is Okay Not to be a Genius.” What a relief! Yet, reading about Grossman’s chilly, oddly heart-filled journey through six cold months in Maine, I’m pretty sure I see his genius shining through. Grossman is the author of THE MAGICIANS, THE MAGICIAN KING, and most recently, the final book in his THE MAGICIAN’S TRILOGY, THE MAGICIAN’S LAND.

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Gail Shepherd: Middle Grade Author!

MIDDLE GRADE NOVELIST GAIL SHEPHERD has great news! She writes, Jamie, I wanted to let you know I just signed a contract with Penguin Young Readers Group/Kathy Dawson Books, for a two-book deal. Kathy made the offer based on SOUTH BY SOUTHEAST, the book you were so helpful with in workshops. I’m thrilled of course and wanted to thank you! Publication of SBS is set for Winter 2016. Read more at Publishers Weekly Rights Report!

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Short Story? Novellette? Novella?

IN BOOK WRITERS’ CRITIQUE GROUP TUESDAY NIGHT, we discussed the differences between shorter works of narrative fiction. While word count is not the only distinguishing feature, it’s certainly the easiest to grasp. Here’s a nice, quick, HubPages article by Hunbbel Meer that dishes up the Difference Between a Short Story, Novellette, Novella and a Novel.”

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NYT Writer Amy Klein Talks Writing Workshop

A LITTLE BIT OLDIE, but definitely still goldie! In her article The Writing Workshop Glossary” on the New York Times site, Amy Klein translates some of the puzzling stuff a writer might hear when she hangs her work out on the line and invites others’ input! Thanks to Karen Maguire for sharing this one!

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YA Novelist Melody Maysonet

YA NOVELIST MELODY MAYSONET has just signed a publishing contract for her debut Young Adult novel, A WORK OF ART (Merit Press), due out in Spring 2015. Melody writes, Jamie, Thank you for the inspiration and knowledge you bestowed on me during the writing of the first draft. Not only that, but you gave me a killer critique for my revision. I revised based on your feedback, so the manuscript that got sold reflects your amazing instincts. Thank you so much.

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