November/December 2014

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From the President's Desk
When Writers Attack, the Enemy Might Be Us

By Randy Dotinga

November 2014

“I offered Richard the service of my Free Lances, and he refused them— I will lead them to Hull, seize on shipping, and embark for Flanders; thanks to the bustling times, a man of action will always find employment.”

Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott

Gee, thanks a lot, Sir Walter.… Continue Reading

The Fiction Itch
Reading for Fiction Writers

By Tony Eprile

November 2014

A fiction writer and frequent insomniac, I read both a large number and a range of literary works, with forays into mystery and spy novels. So, I read for all kinds of reasons: pleasure, distraction from the tasks and activities of the day, an induction back into the world of words, and sometimes for a reminder of the techniques of craft.… Continue Reading

Writing Business
These Queries Broke the “Pitch” Mold … Should Yours?

By Patricia Kutza

November 2014

You know this cold call drill: You’re pitching a new editor at an outlet that once was a great source of income and compelling clips. Since the territory has changed, you are now faced with the challenge of persuading the new person at the helm that your concept will dovetail beautifully with her magazine’s editorial calendar, and that you are just the right person to deliver the goods.… Continue Reading


The Society Page

November 2014

Michael Thomas Barry‘s Literary Legends of the British Isles: The Lives & Burial Places of 50 Great Writers was recently awarded a gold medal in the 2014 Readers Favorite International Book Awards in the nonfiction historical category.

Stefan Bechtel‘s eleventh book, Redemption Alley (formerly Bowling For The Mob), published on Amazon in 2013, is being reissued by Rodale Press in 2015.… Continue Reading

What's In Store

November 2014

The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Dos and Don’ts on Right Behavior, Tough Thinking, Clear Writing, and Living A Good Life by Charles Murray Crown Business | 144 pages, hardcover | $17.99

By using the uncommon term “curmudgeon” in the title (which is a third person reference to himself), you can’t say Charles Murray lacks a sense of self-deprecating humor.… Continue Reading