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…

Odds and Ends

  I admit I haven’t been keeping up very well with my favorite writers, one being Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk. Some, like Pamuk are well known world-wide but almost ignored in the U.S. His work is, as are many European novels, complicated affairs that upon careful reading will endear. His latest is The Red Haired…

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,…

Democracy Down, Autocracy Up

Fear, by Bob Woodward To be honest, I was a little disappointed in this book. I had read about the hours of interviews, the digging for facts by this co-exposer of the 1970s Watergate scandal, and, I admit, I was expecting political dirt of the highest order. What the British dossier held. The so-called pee…

Writer’s Tip #2

Despite the growing fame of alternative facts, and perhaps it’s part of the human urge in the early 21st century for meaning, readers crave authenticity nowadays. And the subject matter doesn’t really matter, as long as what’s written is real. Philip Roth, in one of his novels, felt compelled to write a mini-treatise on gloves,…

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….