When To Stop?

I’ve edited scads of manuscripts and had quite a few of mine edited. On the other side of the ledger, I belonged to a writing group for a couple of years who didn’t believe manuscripts should be edited by anyone other than the writer. Doing so would bastardize the story. And editing can be hard…

The Guts and Success of a Writer

What is it that makes a writer successful? Is it her storytelling ability? His elegance in word use? Her trust in an editor and agent in forging her inspiration into a piece of literature? All of this, of course, because turning out a book of essays, a novel, a collection of poetry, in the modern…

A New Project

I’ve always stumbled in where angels fear to tread, and so I’ve recently taken on my first major client as a publisher. I had, some years ago judged a writing contest, and a certain writer’s work stood out far above the rest. Time passed and she approached me with a project dear to her heart,…

So You Want To Be A Writer

So you ‘re thinking that writing would be a great gig; you would be your own boss, forget “The Man,” and make a bunch of money. All you’d have to do is make up stories, which would be sorta like lying, the talent you used to have with your Mom when she figured you were…

Writer’s Tip # 1

I can’t count the times I’ve had someone ask where my story ideas come from. What I tell them – somewhat honestly – is “I don’t know.” Where they do come from can best be answered this way: some years back during writing classes I taught, someone would usually ask how I handled writer’s block….

Oh, the Difference!

  According to a number of studies, men tend to prefer reading non-fiction and women fiction. Why is that? I’m treading on dangerous turf in genderizing reading habits, but here goes. Despite the advances women have made world-wide in social issues, politics, and the job market, it remains a men’s world – for the time…

Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar

Take heart, dear writer. You’ve worked for a year, perhaps more, writing that novel, and by the saints, you landed a publisher! Here’s the book lying beautifully in your hand. But what to do now? This dilemma confronts many writers like you, and that includes yours truly. Asheville is a hard place to summon some…